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TITLE: “I felt like I deserved it because I was autistic”: Understanding the impact of interpersonal victimisation on autistic adults
Research suggests that autistic adults are more likely to experience violence and abuse from people they know (known as interpersonal victimisation), but there is very little exploration of how autistic people think this has impacted them from their own perspective. In this webinar, Dr Amy Pearson will discuss findings from a qualitative study conducted in collaboration with Kieran Rose and Dr Jon Rees. In this study, 102 autistic adults shared how they had been affected by victimisation.
Amy will discuss findings, emphasising the importance of the relationship between stigma and victimisation, and the relationship between trauma, masking, and burnout in autistic people. She will also detail how studies like this can help us to reduce barriers to support and recovery for autistic people, and provide better training about autistic people to frontline professionals.
Amy Pearson is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sunderland. Her research interests include interpersonal relationships, identity, masking and stigma.
The webinar will take place on Thursday the 2nd of March 2023 at 4pm, GMT.