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Can Cartoons Which Depict Autistic Characters Improve Attitudes Towards Autistic Peers?

Engel, Carla Simone; Sheppard, Elizabeth

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Carla Simone Engel

Elizabeth Sheppard



Abstract

This study aimed to assess the efficacy of two cartoons which depict autistic characters in improving attitudes towards autistic peers in two separate studies. Forty-six children participated in study 1 (4–7 years), and 47 children participated in study 2 (8–11 years). Both the conative (behavioural) component of attitudes and knowledge about autism were measured before and after the cartoon interventions. Knowledge of autism increased after watching the cartoons in both studies but attitudes to autism only improved in study 1. Knowledge was shown to correlate with change in some but not all attitude measures. The findings suggest that cartoons can improve attitudes to autism, but this may depend on how information is presented.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2020-03
Journal Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN 0162-3257
Electronic ISSN 1573-3432
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 50
Pages 1007–1017
APA6 Citation Engel, C. S., & Sheppard, E. (2020). Can Cartoons Which Depict Autistic Characters Improve Attitudes Towards Autistic Peers?. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50, 1007–1017. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04318-0
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04318-0
Keywords Developmental and Educational Psychology
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-019-04318-0

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