Representation of autism in leading newspapers in china: a content analysis. Academic Article uri icon


  • The public's lack of understanding and the public's misconceptions about autism in China contribute to the underdiagnosis and undertreatment of the disorder and the stigma associated with it. Mass media are the primary channel through which people learn about autism. This article examines how leading newspapers in China covered autism in the 10-year period of 2003 through 2012 through a framing analysis. It finds that while autism has received increased media attention, it is increasingly framed as a family problem-family members are cited or quoted more than any other sources and the responsibility of dealing with autism is ultimately assigned to families. Autistic people are largely silenced unless they are autistic savants with special talents. The use of the scientific discourse and the human-interest discourse both decrease over time in percentage, while the use of other discourses such as the public relations discourse becomes more dominant.

published proceedings

  • Health Commun

altmetric score

  • 30.494

author list (cited authors)

  • Bie, B., & Tang, L. u.

citation count

  • 49

complete list of authors

  • Bie, Bijie||Tang, Lu

publication date

  • September 2015