The experiences and needs of female adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorder

Baldwin, Susanna and Costley, Debra (2016) The experiences and needs of female adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 20 (4). pp. 483-495. ISSN 1461-7005

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Abstract

There is limited large-scale research into the lived experiences of female adults who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with no co-occurring intellectual disability (ID). Drawing on the findings of an Australia-wide survey, this paper presents self-report data from n=82 women with high functioning ASD with respect to their health, education, employment, social and community activities. Where relevant, comparisons are provided with the male subset of the same study population: however, in the majority of analyses no discernible gender differences emerged. The findings highlight the diverse and complex challenges faced by women with high functioning ASD, including high levels of mental health disorder, unmet support needs in education settings and the workplace, and social exclusion and isolation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: adults, females, high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, masking, mental health
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361315590805
Depositing User: Costley, Debra
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 12:22
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2017 19:00
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39721

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