A Threatening Space?: Stigmatization and the Framing of Autism in the News

  title={A Threatening Space?: Stigmatization and the Framing of Autism in the News},
  author={Avery E. Holton and Laura C. Farrell and Julie L. Fudge},
  journal={Communication Studies},
  pages={189 - 207}
The public develops interpretations of physical and mental disabilities through a variety of resources, most notably representations presented by the news media. While disability scholars have long lamented negative portrayals of disabilities in the mass media (e.g., movies, fictional television programs, songs) as dehumanizing and devaluing, studies of news media depictions have been scant. The present study focuses on a salient mental disability—autism—to advance current scholarship about… 
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