Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 37, Issue 7, pp 1235–1246 | Cite as

A Comparative Study of the Use and Understanding of Self-Presentational Display Rules in Children with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Disorder

Original paper


The use and understanding of self-presentational display rules (SPDRs) was investigated in 21 children with high-functioning autism (HFA), 18 children with Asperger’s disorder (AspD) and 20 typically developing (TD) children (all male, aged 4- to 11-years, matched on mental age). Their behaviour was coded during a deception scenario to assess use of SPDRs; understanding of SPDRs was assessed via three real/apparent emotion-understanding vignettes. The children with HFA and AspD used less effective SPDRs than the TD children, but there were no group differences in understanding SPDRs. The children with HFA and AspD did not differ on their use or understanding of SPDRs, and the results are discussed in relation to the similarities and differences between these diagnostic conditions.


High-functioning autism Asperger’s disorder Self-presentational display rules Emotion 



The research reported in this paper formed part of the first author’s honours thesis, which was conducted under the supervision of the second author.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychological ScienceLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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