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University Students’ Notion of Autism Spectrum Conditions: A Cross-Cultural Study

de Vries, Marieke; Cader, Sabrina; Colleer, Lucy; Batteux, Eleonore; Yasdiman, Meryem Betu; Tan, Yih Jiuny; Sheppard, Elizabeth

Authors

Marieke de Vries

Sabrina Cader

Lucy Colleer

Eleonore Batteux

Meryem Betu Yasdiman

Yih Jiuny Tan

Elizabeth Sheppard



Abstract

Cultural background might influence knowledge and attitudes regarding autism, influencing willingness to interact. We studied whether beliefs, knowledge, contact, and attitude differed between the UK and Malaysia. With mediation analyses, we studied how these factors influenced willingness to interact. Autism was more often linked to food in the UK, and to upbringing in Malaysia. Knowledge, contact, and acceptance were greater in the UK. When excluding psychology students, Malaysian students were less willing to interact with autistic people. Knowledge and contact appeared to improve acceptance, but acceptance did not mediate the relation between country, beliefs, knowledge, and experience; and willingness to interact. Knowledge and contact regarding autism might improve acceptance in different cultures, but how acceptance could improve interaction is unclear.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 3, 2020
Journal Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN 0162-3257
Electronic ISSN 1573-3432
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation de Vries, M., Cader, S., Colleer, L., Batteux, E., Yasdiman, M. B., Tan, Y. J., & Sheppard, E. (2020). University Students’ Notion of Autism Spectrum Conditions: A Cross-Cultural Study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04343-z
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04343-z
Keywords Developmental and Educational Psychology
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-019-04343-z
Additional Information First Online: 3 January 2020

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