ERIC Number: EJ928109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Missing Voices: Representations of Autism in British Newspapers, 1999-2008
Huws, Jaci C.; Jones, Robert S. P.
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v39 n2 p98-104 Jun 2011
Past research indicates that newspaper representations of developmental disability reinforce negative stereotypes. The aim of this study was to examine depictions of autism in British newspapers. A qualitative content and discourse analysis of newspaper accounts of autism was conducted over four 1-month time points, every 3 years, between May 1999 and May 2008. The analysis indicated that conceptualisations of autism could be categorised under three themes: missing voices; the burden of autism; and, sensationalising, misconceptions and misuse of a label. Autism was also portrayed in a standardised and homogenised way that failed to recognise human diversity, and the focus predominated on childhood and third-hand accounts of autism.
Descriptors: Stereotypes, Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Discourse Analysis, Misconceptions, Newspapers, Social Attitudes, Negative Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Content Analysis, Labeling (of Persons)
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