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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 46, Issue 10, pp 3281–3294

First Online: 25 July 2016DOI: 10.1007-s10803-016-2872-8

Cite this article as: Bargiela, S., Steward, R. & Mandy, W. J Autism Dev Disord 2016 46: 3281. doi:10.1007-s10803-016-2872-8

Abstract

We used Framework Analysis to investigate the female autism phenotype and its impact upon the under-recognition of autism spectrum conditions ASC in girls and women. Fourteen women with ASC aged 22–30 years diagnosed in late adolescence or adulthood gave in-depth accounts of: ‘pretending to be normal’; of how their gender led various professionals to miss their ASC; and of conflicts between ASC and a traditional feminine identity. Experiences of sexual abuse were widespread in this sample, partially reflecting specific vulnerabilities from being a female with undiagnosed ASC. Training would improve teachers’ and clinicians’ recognition of ASC in females, so that timely identification can mitigate risks and promote wellbeing of girls and women on the autism spectrum.

KeywordsAutism spectrum conditions ASC Autism spectrum disorder ASD Diagnosis Female autism phenotype  Download fulltext PDF



Autor: Sarah Bargiela - Robyn Steward - William Mandy

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/







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