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Autobiographical Accounts of Sensing in Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2012 (English)In: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, ISSN 0883-9417, E-ISSN 1532-8228, Vol. 26, no 5, 420-429 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Sensory experiences in Asperger syndrome (AS) or high-functioning autism (HFA) were explored by qualitative content analysis of autobiographical texts by persons with AS/HFA. Predetermined categories of hyper- and hyposensitivity were applied to texts. Hypersensitivity consists of strong reactions and heightened apprehension in reaction to external stimuli, sometimes together with overfocused or unselective attention. It was common in vision, hearing, and touch. In contrast, hyposensitivity was frequent in reaction to internal and body stimuli such as interoception, proprioception, and pain. It consists of less registration, discrimination, and recognition of stimuli as well as cravings for specific stimuli. Awareness of the strong impact of sensitivity is essential for creating good environments and encounters in the context of psychiatric and other health care.

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2012. Vol. 26, no 5, 420-429 p.
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Nursing Psychiatry
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82133DOI: 10.1016/j.apnu.2011.10.003ISI: 000309437700011OAI: diva2:566738


Available from: 2012-11-09 Created: 2012-11-08 Last updated: 2012-11-09Bibliographically approved

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