A demand to avoid demand avoidance?
Woods, R. (2019). A demand to avoid demand avoidance? British Psychological Society.
A growing interest around Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) has been reflected in letters to this magazine, discussing possible explanations for PDA, specifically as a form of autism or attachment disorder. Nonetheless, the main PDA discourse portrays it as a distinct syndrome that is part of the autism spectrum. Yet PDA is not in the diagnostic manuals and there is a substantially poor scientific case for the construct. I thank the editor Jon Sutton for his helpful suggestions in the production of the piece.
|Pathological Demand Avoidance
|British Psychological Society
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|01 Jun 2019
|Publication process dates
|12 Nov 2020
Other letters on PDA in the Debates sections of The Psychologist. First by Rebecca McElroy, PDA – is there another explanation?
Second by Hilary Dyer, PDA – consider the evidence
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