The Impact of Stigma, Autism Label and Wording on the Perceived Desirability of the Online Dating Profiles of Men on the Autism Spectrum

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Abstract

Those seeking romantic relations are increasingly using online dating sites, including young men on the autism spectrum. This study presented dating profiles with and without an explicit label of autism and positive or negative wording to 306 ‘females seeking a male partner’. Participants assessed the men’s dating profiles in terms of perceived attractiveness, trustworthiness and desire-to-date. They also completed a questionnaire on their level of stigmatisation of, and familiarity with, autism. An explicit autism label and positive wording positively impacted perceived attractiveness. With positively worded profiles, those with highly stigmatising views reported decreased desire-to-date when an explicit label of autism was present; those with low levels of stigmatising reported increased desire-to-date when an explicit autism label was present.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4077-4085
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume51
Issue number11
Early online date18 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful for the assistance of Ria Kumar for her role in gathering data.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s).

Keywords

  • Attractiveness
  • Autism
  • Online dating
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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