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Title: How neurotypical young Maltese adults perceive autism
Authors: Bonnici, Cynthia (2020)
Keywords: Young adults -- Malta
Young adults -- Malta -- Attitudes
Stigma (Social psychology) -- Malta
Social representations -- Malta
Autism spectrum disorders -- Malta
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: Bonnici, C. (2020). How neurotypical young Maltese adults perceive autism (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine Maltese young adults’ knowledge and perceptions of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). Social Representation Theory, Stigma Theory and Intergroup Contact Theory were utilized to inform the study on the possible ways participant’s perceptions were shaped. Particular focus was given to the way they interpret the behaviour, abilities and potential of people with ASC. The study applied a qualitative approach: a sample of eight participants, all aged between 18 and 24 years responded to a semi-structured interview. Thematic analysis of data uncovered six main themes. These included three levels of respondents’ perceptions of ASC stemming from participants’ experience and knowledge of ASC, that were associated with three levels of acceptance of people on the spectrum. The findings suggest the importance of providing society with explanations of behavioural differences manifested by individuals with ASC in order to reduce uncertainty and facilitate inclusion.
Description: B.PSY.(HONS)
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacSoW - 2020
Dissertations - FacSoWPsy - 2020

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