Nordahl-Hansen, Tøndevold & Fletcher-Watson (2017): Mental health on screen: A DSM-5 dissection of portrayals of autism spectrum disorders in film and TV

I: Psychiatry Research, Online first


Anders Nordahl-Hansen, Magnus Tøndervold & Sue Fletcher-Watson


Portrayals of characters with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in films and TV series are subject to intense debate over whether such representations are accurate. Inaccurate portrayals are a concern as they may lead to increased stereotypes toward the condition. We investigate whether portrayals of characters with autism spectrum disorder in film and TV-series align with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. Our data show that characterspresent a full range of characteristics described in the DSM-5. The meaning of this finding is discussed in relation to potential educational value of on screen portrayals and the notion of authenticity in representing the autistic experience.

Publisert 23. okt. 2017 11:31 - Sist endret 18. feb. 2019 13:15