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Previous research has shown media portrayals of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as grossly exaggerated and inaccurate. Julia is not depicted as having high-functioning autism, but most of the exaggerated portrayals depicted in movies and television are of a person on that end of the spectrum. The current study, a quantitative content analysis of Julia from Sesame Street, draws from framing theory (specifically stigmatizing cues) and utilizes the professional assessment tool, the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS2). The tool was used to rate the severity of Julia’s autism symptomology. Less socially stigmatizing cues were found in this media content than were found in previous research, implying that Julia was stigmatized less than others. Julia’s CARS2 scores placed her in the average autism symptomology group, implying that Julia’s ASD symptoms are not exaggerated like other television shows have portrayed those characters with autism.
9th Annual GCUA Graduate Research Symposium
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ficarrotta, Sallyann, "Media Portrayals of Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Content Analysis of Julia from Sesame Street using the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS2) and Stigmatizing Frames" (2018). Graduate Research Symposium (2018 - present). 7.