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

by Gomez-Lobo, Veronica.
Citation: Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders. 48(12):4039-4055, 2018 Dec..Journal: Journal of autism and developmental disorders.Published: ; 2018ISSN: 0162-3257.Full author list: Strang JF; Powers MD; Knauss M; Sibarium E; Leibowitz SF; Kenworthy L; Sadikova E; Wyss S; Willing L; Caplan R; Pervez N; Nowak J; Gohari D; Gomez-Lobo V; Call D; Anthony LG.UI/PMID: 30140984.Subject(s): Adolescent | *Adolescent Behavior/px [Psychology] | Autistic Disorder/di [Diagnosis] | Autistic Disorder/ep [Epidemiology] | *Autistic Disorder/px [Psychology] | Child | Female | Gender Dysphoria/di [Diagnosis] | Gender Dysphoria/ep [Epidemiology] | *Gender Dysphoria/px [Psychology] | Humans | Male | Obsessive Behavior/di [Diagnosis] | Obsessive Behavior/ep [Epidemiology] | *Obsessive Behavior/px [Psychology] | Perception | *Thinking | *Transgender Persons/px [Psychology] | Young AdultInstitution(s): MedStar Washington Hospital CenterDepartment(s): Obstetrics and Gynecology/Pediatric and AdolescentActivity type: Journal Article.Medline article type(s): Journal ArticleDigital Object Identifier: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3723-6 (Click here) Abbreviated citation: J Autism Dev Disord. 48(12):4039-4055, 2018 Dec.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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