An assessment of violence in a young man with Asperger's syndrome

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1988 May;29(3):351-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1988.tb00723.x.


Asperger's Syndrome is assumed to be closely related to autism. A case of a 21-yr-old man with Asperger's Syndrome who is frequently violent to his 71-yr-old girlfriend is presented. According to a social-cognitive model of autism, this man is predicted to be markedly impoverished in his appreciation of his victim's thoughts and feelings. Interview-based assessments confirm this deficit, and this is discussed as an important factor in the maintenance of his violence.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Autistic Disorder / psychology*
  • Family
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Obsessive Behavior / psychology
  • Personality Development
  • Problem Solving
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Social Adjustment
  • Violence*