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First, persons: discovering internet accounts of men with autism spectrum conditions

posted on 2022-03-28, 16:06 authored by Malcolm Robertson
Autism spectrum condition (ASC) is a developmental condition in which individuals have difficulties in social interaction, communicative development and imagination, and exhibit a restricted range of interests. Although rates of diagnosis are rising, few studies have taken a first person perspective, and explored how adults with ASC describe their own experiences. The paper presents clinical qualitative research into ASC, using autobiographical accounts and Web pages created by men with ASC. A number of life stories posted on the Internet were collected and analysed. Results brought into question the received wisdom that ASC is a disability, with many participants suggesting that difference is a more useful framework for understanding ASC. The study proposes several themes that may assist helping professionals to work therapeutically with young men with ASC.


Alternative Title

Discovering internet accounts of men with autism spectrum conditions

Table of Contents

[PART 1] -- Introduction -- 1. The research setting -- 2. Questions of method : -- Participants and data collection -- Analytical framework -- Data analysis -- 3. Results and discussion -- 4. Implications -- [PART 2] -- Literature review.


Includes bibliographical references Australiasian Digital Theses Program Project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Clinical Psychology, Macquarie University, 2002.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis masters coursework


Thesis (MCLINPSYCH), Macquarie University, Dept. of Psychology

Department, Centre or School

Department of Psychology

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Judy Ungerer


Copyright disclaimer: Copyright Malcolm C. Robertson 2002.




iii, 33, 44 p

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mq:17888 1589927