Exploring the potential for social networking among people with autism: challenging dominant ideas of 'friendship'

Brownlow, Charlotte and Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Hanna and O'Dell, Lindsay (2015) Exploring the potential for social networking among people with autism: challenging dominant ideas of 'friendship'. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 17 (2). pp. 188-193. ISSN 1501-7419


Within dominant approaches to autism and relationships, people with autism are assumed to be either unable to form relationships or are in need for educational interventions to be better equipped at managing relationships in a social world dominated by non-autistic people (neurotypicals). In this paper, we argue that broader constructions of friendship are needed in order to best account for the desire and abilities of high-functioning people with autism to have satisfying friendships and that the engagement with online social networking may provide a useful tool in achieving this.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Nordic Network on Disability Research. Published online: 22 Nov 2013. Permanent restricted access to published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 04:33
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 01:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism; autistic friendship; neurotypical
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080503 Networking and Communications
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2013.859174
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24364

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