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“Bullies tend to be obvious”: Autistic Adults Perceptions of Friendship and the Concept of ‘Mate Crime’

Forster, Samantha and Pearson, Amy (2019) “Bullies tend to be obvious”: Autistic Adults Perceptions of Friendship and the Concept of ‘Mate Crime’. Disability and Society.

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Mate crime is a specific subset of hate crime in which the perpetrator is known to the victim.
The aim of the current study was to examine perceptions of friendship and the concept of
mate crime in autistic adults. Five adults were interviewed about their experiences of social
interactions, friendships and mate crime. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis revealed
three superordinate themes: (1). Perceptions and ‘learning the formula’ (2). Socialising... ‘It’s
more complicated than that’, and (3). ‘Taking Advantage of You’. Themes highlight the
importance of further research into positive and negative aspects of social relationships in
autistic adults, and the need to challenge attitudes around disability and provide support to
those who may be socially vulnerable.

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Depositing User: Amy Pearson


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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 13:31
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2021 02:38


Author: Amy Pearson ORCID iD
Author: Samantha Forster

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Psychology


Psychology > Psychology

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