Stigma and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Perceptions of stigma: the parents of autistic children.
Gray, D.E. Sociology of Health and Illness 1993,15:1, 102-120.

The disruptive nature of autistic behaviors is examined as a contributing factor to how parents of children on the autism spectrum perceive stigma, as is the difference between mothers and fathers’ perception of stigma. Read article here.


Teasing, ridiculing and the relation to the fear of being laughted at in individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Sampson, A.C., Huber, O., Ruch, W. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2011, 41(4):475-483.

An exploration of how the fear of being laughed at impacts people with Asperger’s Syndrome. Read abstract here.


Internalization of stigma fro parents of children with autism spectrum disorder in Hong Kong.
Mak, W.W., Kwok, Y.T. Social Science Medicine, 2010, 70(12)2045-2051.

The authors explored how social support impacts the internalization of stigma on parents in Hong Kong. Read abstract here.


Exposure to bullying among students with autism spectrum conditions: A multi-informant analysis of risk and protective factors.
Hebron, J., Humphrey, N. Autism 1362361313495965, first published on July 25, 2013. Read article here.


Risk factors for bullying among children with autism spectrum disorders.
Zablotsky, B., Bradshaw, C.P., Anderson, C.M., Law, P. Autism, 2014; 18(4)419-427.

This study of 1221 parents of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder identifies conditions that increase the likelihood for being bullied. Read abstract here.


The Impact of Labels and Behaviors on the Stigmatization of Adults with Asperger’s Disorder.
Butler, R.C., Gillis, J.M. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2011, 41(6)741-749.

This study found that behavior rather than labels informed the views of young adults toward adults with Asperger’s Disorder. Read abstract here.