ERIC Number: EJ925316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
The Impact of Labels and Behaviors on the Stigmatization of Adults with Asperger's Disorder
Butler, Robert C.; Gillis, Jennifer M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n6 p741-749 Jun 2011
Currently, there is a paucity of literature on stigmatization of adults with Asperger's Disorder (AD). Therefore, this study examined whether young adults hold stigmatizing views towards individuals with AD and if that stigmatization is elicited by behaviors or labels. College students (N = 195) read one of six vignettes. A modified Social Distance Scale (Link et al. "1987") was used to assess stigmatization. A 2 x 3 analysis of variance revealed that the social behaviors commonly observed in AD significantly impacted stigmatization scores, while the label, "Asperger's Disorder," did not. These findings have important implications for future research, educating the public, providing support services, and treatment recommendations for individuals with AD.
Descriptors: College Students, Asperger Syndrome, Young Adults, Statistical Analysis, Labeling (of Persons), Social Bias, Social Attitudes, Adults, Antisocial Behavior, Attitudes toward Disabilities
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Education Level: Higher Education
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