Autistic traits in treatment-seeking transgender adults

Nobili, Anna and Glazebrook, Cris and Bouman, Walter Pierre and Glidden, Derek and Baron-Cohen, Simon and Allison, Carrie and Smith, Paula and Arcelus, Jon (2018) Autistic traits in treatment-seeking transgender adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders . ISSN 1573-3432

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Abstract

The present study aimed to compare prevalence of autistic traits as measured by the Autism Spectrum Quotient-Short (AQ-Short) in a transgender clinical population (n=656) matched by age and sex assigned at birth to a typical cisgender community sample. Transgender people assigned female at birth were approximately twice as likely to have clinically significant levels of autistic traits compared to cisgender females. No difference was found between those assigned male at birth. High level of AQ scores may not be indicative of the presence of an autism spectrum condition as the difference between groups mainly related to social difficulties. Such AQ scores may be a reflection of transgender people presenting with high levels of social anxiety due to negative past experiences.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Conditions, autistic traits, Transgender, Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ), social issues, social anxiety
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3557-2
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2018 09:39
Last Modified: 01 May 2018 15:53
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51014

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