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dc.identifier.citationBonnici, C. (2020). How neurotypical young Maltese adults perceive autism (Bachelor's dissertation).en_GB
dc.description.abstractThe 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.en_GB
dc.subjectYoung adults -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectYoung adults -- Malta -- Attitudesen_GB
dc.subjectStigma (Social psychology) -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectSocial representations -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectAutism spectrum disorders -- Maltaen_GB
dc.titleHow neurotypical young Maltese adults perceive autismen_GB
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dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Maltaen_GB
dc.publisher.departmentFaculty for Social Wellbeing. Department of Psychologyen_GB
dc.contributor.creatorBonnici, Cynthia (2020)-
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