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

Baldwin, Susanna; Costley, Debra

Authors

Susanna Baldwin



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.

Citation

Baldwin, S., & Costley, D. (2016). The experiences and needs of female adults with high functioning autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 20(4), https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361315590805

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Jun 25, 2015
Publication Date May 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jan 10, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 10, 2017
Journal Autism
Print ISSN 1362-3613
Electronic ISSN 1461-7005
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361315590805
Keywords adults, females, high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, masking, mental health
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39721
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1362361315590805
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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