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Breaking the Practice: Negative Attitudes Towards Autism

Walsh, Áine (2018) Breaking the Practice: Negative Attitudes Towards Autism. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Background
There is little existing research on attitudes towards autism in an undergraduate population. This study aims to assess implicit attitudes (IA) towards individuals with autism while observing gender differences on empathy scores and knowledge of autism with an undergraduate population.

Method
The current study involves 27 females and 26 males. The Autism Awareness Scale measured knowledge towards autism, the Toronto empathy questionnaire measured empathy. The Implicit Association Test measured IA based on reaction times.

Results
No differences were found between males and females on empathy or autism knowledge. Similarly, negative IA correlated with lower empathy, autism knowledge and frequency of contact but non-significantly.

Conclusion
This study contrasts with previous research indicating females score higher on autism knowledge and empathy. Findings indicate more research is needed on the impact of higher levels of empathy, knowledge and frequency of contact on positive IA towards individuals with autism within the undergraduate population.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2018 14:03
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2018 14:03
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3272

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