Common Intersection of Autism and Gender Diversity in Youth: Clinical Perspectives and Practices
Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America
Autism; Autistic; Gender diverse; Gender dysphoria; Gender incongruence; Neurodivergence; Nonbinary; Transgender
Autism and gender diversity often intersect. Many transgender youth seeking gender-related medical interventions are autistic. Clinicians serving these youth lack an autism-specific evidence base to guide gender care decisions. At present, care decisions are based on extrapolation of care models from transgender youth samples, generally. At this point, there is no evidence to suggest that autistic youth are likely to experience shifts in gender or gender-related medical requests, although this has been insufficiently studied. In this article, cowritten by expert clinicians and autistic gender-diverse collaborators, an overview of clinical care considerations and the current evidence base is provided.
Strang, John F.; van der Miesen, Anna I.; Fischbach, Abigail L.; Wolff, Milana; Harris, Marvel C.; and Klomp, Sascha E., "Common Intersection of Autism and Gender Diversity in Youth: Clinical Perspectives and Practices" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 3684.
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences