Pros and Cons of Character Portrayals of Autism on TV and Film

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Portrayals of characters with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or with autistic traits on film and in TV-series are increasing. Such portrayals may contribute in increasing awareness of the condition but can also increase stereotypes. Thus, these character portrayals are subject to heated debate within the ASD-community, but also in the general public at large. Following our recent published study on character portrayals of ASD on film and TV we here address some central issues related advantages and disadvantage of such portrayals.

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Nordahl-Hansen, A., Øien, R.A. & Fletcher-Watson, S. Pros and Cons of Character Portrayals of Autism on TV and Film. J Autism Dev Disord 48, 635–636 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3390-z

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Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Film
  • TV-series
  • Awareness
  • Stereotypes