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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 3/2024

22-12-2022 | Original Paper

Exploring Autistic College Students’ Perceptions and Management of Peer Stigma: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Auteurs: Jill C. Underhill, Jaclyn Clark, Rebecca S. Hansen, Hillary Adams

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 3/2024

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Abstract

Autistic college students are often forced to navigate stigma on campus, but little is known about how autistic college students manage communicated stigma. Semi-structured interviews with ten autistic college students were conducted to explore how they manage peer stigma. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to identify three themes from the data: First, participants seek to avoid peer stigma by concealing attributes associated with autism. Next, participants buffer against peer stigma by engaging in favorable social comparison. Finally, participants perceive the autism label as highly stigmatizing, necessitating limited disclosure on campus. These results can help researchers and practitioners focus efforts to promote neurodiversity to both autistic students and their peers on campus.
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Both person-first and identity-first language are used within this article to represent the reported preferences of our research participants (Kenny et al., 2016; Vivanti, 2020).
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Exploring Autistic College Students’ Perceptions and Management of Peer Stigma: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Auteurs
Jill C. Underhill
Jaclyn Clark
Rebecca S. Hansen
Hillary Adams
Publicatiedatum
22-12-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 3/2024
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05867-7

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