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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 12/2018

23-08-2018 | Original Paper

“They Thought It Was an Obsession”: Trajectories and Perspectives of Autistic Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adolescents

Auteurs: John F. Strang, Meredith D. Powers, Megan Knauss, Ely Sibarium, Scott F. Leibowitz, Lauren Kenworthy, Eleonora Sadikova, Shannon Wyss, Laura Willing, Reid Caplan, Noor Pervez, Joel Nowak, Dena Gohari, Veronica Gomez-Lobo, David Call, Laura G. Anthony

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 12/2018

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Abstract

Despite research exploring autism in gender-diverse adolescents, no studies have elicited these individuals’ perspectives. In-depth interviews with 22 well-characterized autistic gender-diverse adolescents revealed critical themes, including: recollections of pre-pubertal gender nonconformity; vivid experiences of gender dysphoria; a fear of social gender expression due to perceived animosity toward transgender people; and specific challenges that result from the interplay of gender diversity and neurodiversity. During the ~ 22 month study social gender affirmation increased in six participants and gender dysphoria attenuated in four participants. Given the ethical imperative to understand and prioritize the voiced perspectives and needs of autistic gender minority adolescents as well as the discovery of shared themes and experiences in this population, results should inform clinical research approaches and priorities.
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Metagegevens
Titel
“They Thought It Was an Obsession”: Trajectories and Perspectives of Autistic Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adolescents
Auteurs
John F. Strang
Meredith D. Powers
Megan Knauss
Ely Sibarium
Scott F. Leibowitz
Lauren Kenworthy
Eleonora Sadikova
Shannon Wyss
Laura Willing
Reid Caplan
Noor Pervez
Joel Nowak
Dena Gohari
Veronica Gomez-Lobo
David Call
Laura G. Anthony
Publicatiedatum
23-08-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 12/2018
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3723-6

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