The Impact of Labels and Behaviors on the Stigmatization of Adults with Asperger’s Disorder

Original Paper

Abstract

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 × 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.

Keywords

Asperger’s Disorder Stigmatization Social Distance Scale Adults 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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