Social Stigma Worsens Mental Health With Autism

Stress related to social stigma may contribute to why people with autism experience more mental health problems than the general population, according to a study published online Oct. 12 in Society and Mental Health.

Monique Botha and David M. Frost, Ph.D., both from the University of Surrey in Guildford, U.K., and colleagues assessed the utility of the minority stress model as an explanation for the experience of mental health problems within a sample of 111 high-functioning individuals with autism.

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