The portrayal of autism in Hollywood films

Conn, Rory and Bhugra, Dinesh (2012) The portrayal of autism in Hollywood films. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 5 (1). pp. 54-62. ISSN 1754-2863 (Print) ; 1754-2871 (Online)

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Films are a powerful medium for entertainment and often educate without intending to do so. In this paper we highlight 23 recent films that portray autistic spectrum disorders. We study the impact of these films on public understanding, drawing similarities and highlighting common themes in their depictions. Increasingly, films are being utilised to teach medical students and psychiatric trainees. We consider which of these films provide the best opportunities for medical education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 20 Sep 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism, Film, Medical Education, Hollywood
Subjects: Cognitive Processes, Theory of Mind > Arts generally (e.g. drama)
Communication (incl. disorders of) > Autism
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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