Clinical Psychology, Vol. 13, Br. 1-2, 2020


Review

Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Jasmina Stošić - Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Matea Begić - Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Marina Soldan - Agencija za zapošljavanje Smartflex, Zagreb, Hrvatska

Fulltext (croatian, pages 95-106).pdf

Abstracts
Autism spectrum disorder includes diversities and difficulties in social communication and in behaviour, interests and activities. It was considered to be a “male” disorder, but research has shown that the number of women with ASD is underestimated, that they receive their diagnosis later in life and that they have to express more difficulties to get it. Characteristics of girls and women with ASD and differences between men and women with ASD will be presented in this paper. Latest research has shown that girls and women express less difficulties in social communication and use social camouflaging more than males. They also have typical interests more often and express less limited and repetitive behaviours. Future research should include prevalence, experiences of women and girls with ASD and diversities in their expression in ASD. That could lead to earlier diagnosis and enable development of support and services tailored to their specific needs.

Keywords
autism, women with ASD, social camouflaging



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