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Exploring the potential for social networking among people with autism: challenging dominant ideas of‘friendship’
University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
The Open University, UK.
2013 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 17, no 2, 188-193 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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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Routledge, 2013. Vol. 17, no 2, 188-193 p.
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autism, neurotypical, autistic friendship
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-83480DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2013.859174OAI: diva2:667474
Available from: 2013-11-26 Created: 2013-11-26 Last updated: 2016-04-28Bibliographically approved

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