How is a sense of wellbeing and belonging constructed in the accounts of autistic adults?

Milton, Damian and Sims, Tara (2016) How is a sense of wellbeing and belonging constructed in the accounts of autistic adults? In: Disability Studies Conference, 6th-8th Sept 2016, Lancaster, UK. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This small-scale exploratory study sought to examine how a sense of wellbeing and social belonging are constructed in the narratives of adults on the autism spectrum, investigating potential contributory factors to these lived experiences, in order to inform further research regarding this topic and service provision for adults on the autism spectrum. A thematic analysis was employed in order to investigate issues relevant to adults on the spectrum expressed through an analysis of articles within twenty-one editions of Asperger United magazine, with particular attention given to references made to factors that have influenced, either positively or negatively, an individual’s sense of wellbeing or social belonging, as well as any links made in narratives between these two themes. Four main themes were identified from the data: meeting personal needs; living with the consequences of an ‘othered’ identity; community connection and recognition; and personal relationships. The themes identified highlight the many barriers and challenges faced by people on the autism spectrum in achieving well-being and a sense of belonging and supports previous studies, which highlight the need for support networks, effective professional support and autistic ‘friendly’ environments.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Poster)
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Belonging, Wellbeing
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC553.A88 Autism. Asperger's syndrome
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Damian Milton
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2017 06:58 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 14:04 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62765 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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