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