Brief Report: Public Awareness of Asperger Syndrome Following Greta Thunberg Appearances

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Thunberg’s increased media attention coupled with her diagnosis—Asperger Syndrome (AS)—may foster help-seeking behaviors among those with similar psychiatric disorders. Using Google Trends data, we compared values of AS from the week of the UN Climate Summit through the end of the year compared to an ARIMA model predicting search interest had Thunberg not been in the media. The search trend for AS at peak was 254.07% higher than predicted and was on average 10.61 points above the projected model during this time. As the primary goal of AS intervention focuses on improving quality of life and preventing common comorbidities such as depression and anxiety, capitalizing on increased public interest in AS and help-seeking behaviors is imperative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2104-2108
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Asperger syndrome
  • Autism awareness
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Climate change
  • Internet search term trends
  • Public relations
  • Time series forecasting


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