Autistic Gender Identity Differences – Resisting the Social Schema?

Background

The relationship between gender identities incongruent with assigned sex, and autism spectrum conditions (referred to collectively here as ‘ASC’) has predominantly been investigated by recruiting samples of gender variant... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

In this study we examine the rates of gender identities incongruent with assigned sex in a large sample of autistic adults, and whether and how these individuals’ autism severity (Autism Quotient; AQ) and sensory sensitivity... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

675 adults (52% assigned female) with a diagnosis of autism completed the AQ, the SPQ and demographic questions including age, assigned gender, and gender identity. We categorized the participants as cisgender, binary-trans... [ view full abstract ]

Methods

The main outcome measures are: -The proportions of cisgender, binary-trans and non-binary-trans individuals in the sample, and within the assigned-male and assigned-female sections of the sample. -The between-group... [ view full abstract ]

Results

14.8% of the participants identified as trans; 22% of those assigned female at birth and 8% of those assigned male at birth were classified as transgender. Within those, only 4% and 12% respectively identified as... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

The high rate of gender nonconforming identities in our sample versus the general population supports the existing evidence that both autism diagnosis and AQ are strongly positively correlated with the likelihood of gender... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

Reubs Walsh (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Clinical, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology), Sander Begeer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Department of Clinical, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology), Lydia Krabbendam (Vrije Universtiet Amsterdam, Department of Clinical, Neuro- and Developmental Psychology)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Mental health

Session

OS-2A » Mental Health II: Autistic Spectrum Symptomatology and Non-binary Genders (11:00 - Friday, 7th April, Baltic)

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