Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Experimental Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Jason Popan

Second Advisor

Dr. Cecilia Montiel-Nava

Third Advisor

Dr. Jesse Acosta


With the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continuing to spread along with limited knowledge on the disorder’s service accessibility, many caregivers are required to care for lifelong obligations, often at the sake of their own mental, physiological, and emotional health. This study aimed to explore self-perceived stigmas of caregivers in Latin America based on predictors including demographics, severity, and type of healthcare coverage. Participants included 2483 caregivers in Latin America who completed a survey targeting the challenges, priorities, barriers to care, and stigma they face caring for an individual with autism. Findings showed that age had a weak inverse effect on stigma and caregivers of females with ASD reported more stigma than caregivers of males with ASD. There were no differences in stigma found for type of healthcare coverage, and severity was inversely related to stigma. Implications are discussed.


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