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The `not guilty verdict' : psychological reactions to a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome in adulthood.

Punshon, C. and Skirrow, P. and Murphy, G. (2009) The `not guilty verdict' : psychological reactions to a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome in adulthood. Autism, 13 (3). pp. 265-283. ISSN 1461-7005

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Asperger syndrome is a relatively new diagnostic classification. A number of factors make receiving a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome in adulthood a unique experience. This study used a phenomenological approach to examine the experiences of 10 adults receiving such a diagnosis. Results suggested that six major themes were associated with receiving a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome. Individuals discussed their negative life experiences and their experience of services prior to diagnosis, which led to individuals holding certain beliefs about the symptoms of Asperger syndrome. These beliefs had an effect on the formation of each individual's perceived self-identity. Participants made links between how they felt when they received the diagnosis and their current beliefs about both their `symptoms' and themselves. Finally, participants highlighted the importance of the societal view of Asperger syndrome. The implications of these findings are reappraised in the context of previous research and the wider literature on identity formation.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Autism
Additional Information: PG Intake 2003
Uncontrolled Keywords: adults Asperger syndrome diagnosis experience identity formation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 33876
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2010 10:08
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2015 15:35
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