Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology, believed that almost all psychological issues stemmed from early childhood trauma. Autism was believed to be a form of mental illness, and so it was logical to assume that it was caused by early trauma. Later, as autism pioneers Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger began to explore the disorder, they worked almost primarily with upper class parents whose self-presentation may have appeared formal and cold.
The term "refrigerator mother" was coined to describe a parent whose cold, uncaring style so traumatized her child that he retreated into autism. The expression was originally coined by Leo Kanner, who gave autism its name.
Given that recent research suggests that autism is strongly related to genetics, is it possible that Kanner and Asperger were actually seeing very mild signs of autism in these "cold" parents? About.com
Asked by Anonymous at 8:42 PM on Jun. 30, 2009 in General Parenting
Answer by BJoan at 11:14 AM on Jul. 1, 2009
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Answer by NannyB. at 8:47 PM on Jun. 30, 2009
Sigmund Freud was an idiot who had an unhealthy sex drive. He believed that all problems in girls were caused because of "penis envy" and we were all screwed up because of potty training. If any modern psychologist put forth Freud's theory's now they would be laughed out of academic circles.
They don't yet know what causes Autism. Some believe it is genetic because it affects boys twice as often as girls. Some believe it maybe caused by a virus, or by vaccines.
Before you post some garbage like this do a little research
Answer by teamquinn at 8:47 PM on Jun. 30, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 8:59 PM on Jun. 30, 2009
"Bad parenting does not cause autism. A child either has it or doesn't. If it were caused by bad parenting, then every abused or neglected child should be diagnosed with autism, and yet, they aren't."
That is a good point.
Answer by VeronicaLee at 9:07 PM on Jun. 30, 2009
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