Autistic disturbances of affective contact, (1943), Kanner, L.
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The case histories of 11 children are presented to illustrate an apparently new form of emotional disorder. Although these children present the combination of extreme autism, obsessiveness, stereotypy, and echolalia, they differ from schizophrenia in that the condition is present from birth, and they are able to maintain a purposeful and intelligent relation to objects that do not threaten their aloneness. It is concluded that these are "pure-culture examples of inborn autistic disturbances of affective contact," and that they possess an innate inability to form the usual affective contact.
Citation: Kanner, L. (1943). Autistic disturbances of affective contact. Nervous Child, 2, 217–250. Kanner, L. (1943). Autistic disturbances of affective contact. Nervous Child, 2, 217–250.