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Stigma: An Investigative Analysis of the Irish Public’s Knowledge and Perception of Autism

Hargreaves, April, Mothersill, David and Loughnane, Gerard M. (2022) Stigma: An Investigative Analysis of the Irish Public’s Knowledge and Perception of Autism. In: Autism Spectrum Disorders - Recent Advances and New Perspectives. IntechOpen. ISBN 978-1-83768-343-7

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Levels of stigma toward autism have greatly reduced over the past two decades, particularly since the introduction of various anti-stigma and educational campaigns. However, stigma does remain negatively impacting the lives of people with autism, despite attempts to educate the public about the condition. One country in which this is apparent is Ireland, where, although various autism campaigns have been implemented, and there is evidence of improved attitudes and behavior toward individuals with autism, there still remains a lack of knowledge and understanding with regard to the condition. This chapter presents some novel findings regarding the knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of the Irish public toward autism. In an exploratory analysis, results demonstrate that whilst the Irish public professes an awareness of autism, a deep understanding of the condition is not present. There is also confusion regarding factors that contribute to autism. Reassuringly, there is little evidence of discrimination toward autistic individuals, but there are elements of prejudice that still exist. Details of these findings are outlined and discussed.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: stigma; knowledge; prejudice; discrimination; autism; Ireland
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Discrimination
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2022 14:43
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2022 12:22

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