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Shifting stigma about autistic young people

Citation

Den Houting J, Botha M, Cage E, Jones DR & Kim SY (2021) Shifting stigma about autistic young people. The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, 5 (12), pp. 839-841. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642%2821%2900309-6

Abstract
First paragraph: Who do you think of when you hear “autism” mentioned? Maybe a familiar trope comes to mind: an eccentric white male, perhaps in the vein of The Big Bang Theory’s socially naïve genius Dr Sheldon Cooper, or savant Raymond Babbitt of Rainman fame. Endearing though they may be, characters like these reflect outdated and stereotypical understandings of autism that can have harmful consequences for autistic young people. Indeed, for many autistic people, these stereotypes and the stigma that they reinforce may be a greater barrier to wellbeing than the characteristics of autism itself.

Journal
The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health: Volume 5, Issue 12

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online30/09/2021
Date accepted by journal14/09/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33380
eISSN2352-4642

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