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The Effects of Descriptive, Explanatory, and Directive Information Associated with Personalised Interaction on the Attitudes toward an Adult with High-Functioning Autism

Abstract : The purpose of the present research was to analyse the impact of an educational message incorporating descriptive, explanatory, and directive information on the attitudes of young adults toward a peer with high-functioning autism (HFA).Method Engineering students (N = 104) completed the Multidimensional Attitudes Scale at 3 time points: before the educational message, afterward, then 1 month later. The message was delivered through a video with a voice-over or live by an actor playing the role of an adult with HFA in a situation of personalised interaction.Results Participants in the personalised interaction condition displayed significantly more positive attitudes than participants in control group and voice-over conditions.Conclusions Even a brief educational message, combined with a situation of personalised interaction, can influence adults' attitudes. Generalisation of such an improvement to the outgroup (i.e., people on the spectrum) shall be discussed.
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Julie Dachez, André Ndobo. The Effects of Descriptive, Explanatory, and Directive Information Associated with Personalised Interaction on the Attitudes toward an Adult with High-Functioning Autism. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 2018, 43 (1), pp.49--60. ⟨10.3109/13668250.2016.1262535⟩. ⟨hal-03281818⟩

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