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date: 25 September 2018

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This article aims are to elucidate the course of psychopathological development through the study of typically developing children, and to further our understanding of the processes of typical development through the study of atypical cases. One of the strengths of this approach is that it may reveal how aspects of typical children's psychological functioning that seem to develop in tandem are potentially dissociable, and how disparate aspects of children's functioning are more intimately intertwined than had seemed to be the case. In this way, findings from developmental psychopathology may provide empirical grounds for re-examining the concepts in terms of which we characterize the workings of the mind. Here the article focuses on the condition of early childhood autism.

Keywords: developing children, autism, other-awareness, emotions, psychopathology, psychological functioning

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