Revisiting the Link

Evidence of the Rates of Autism in Studies of Gender Diverse Individuals

John F. Strang, Aron Janssen, Amy Tishelman, Scott F. Leibowitz, Lauren Kenworthy, Jenifer K McGuire, Laura Edwards-Leeper, Carla A. Mazefsky, Dana Rofey, Julia Bascom, Reid Caplan, Veronica Gomez-Lobo, Dianne R Berg, Zosia Zaks, Gregory L. Wallace, Harriette Wimms, Elyse Pine-Twaddell, Daniel Shumer, Kelly Register-Brown, Eleonora Sadikova & 1 others Laura G. Anthony

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Abstract

Turban and van Schalkwyk assert in their Translations article, “‘Gender Dysphoria’ and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Is the Link Real?,”1 that an over-representation of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in gender dysphoria is unsupported based on current evidence. They suggest that increases on ASD-related measures in transgender and gender-diverse groups are likely due to the nonspecificity of ASD screening tools (ie, false positives). They posit that findings of apparent ASD increases in gender-diverse youth might stem from “environmental factors related to social deprivation,” namely “a high prevalence of minority stress, poor peer relationships, and familial non-acceptance.” They suggest that in this context these social characteristics “could represent a reversible condition, because these patients do not have the intrinsic social cognitive deficits that underlie ASD.”1

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)885-887
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume57
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

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Revisiting the Link : Evidence of the Rates of Autism in Studies of Gender Diverse Individuals. / Strang, John F.; Janssen, Aron; Tishelman, Amy; Leibowitz, Scott F.; Kenworthy, Lauren; McGuire, Jenifer K; Edwards-Leeper, Laura; Mazefsky, Carla A.; Rofey, Dana; Bascom, Julia; Caplan, Reid; Gomez-Lobo, Veronica; Berg, Dianne R; Zaks, Zosia; Wallace, Gregory L.; Wimms, Harriette; Pine-Twaddell, Elyse; Shumer, Daniel; Register-Brown, Kelly; Sadikova, Eleonora; Anthony, Laura G.

In: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 57, No. 11, 01.11.2018, p. 885-887.

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Strang, JF, Janssen, A, Tishelman, A, Leibowitz, SF, Kenworthy, L, McGuire, JK, Edwards-Leeper, L, Mazefsky, CA, Rofey, D, Bascom, J, Caplan, R, Gomez-Lobo, V, Berg, DR, Zaks, Z, Wallace, GL, Wimms, H, Pine-Twaddell, E, Shumer, D, Register-Brown, K, Sadikova, E & Anthony, LG 2018, 'Revisiting the Link: Evidence of the Rates of Autism in Studies of Gender Diverse Individuals', Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 57, no. 11, pp. 885-887. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2018.04.023
Strang, John F. ; Janssen, Aron ; Tishelman, Amy ; Leibowitz, Scott F. ; Kenworthy, Lauren ; McGuire, Jenifer K ; Edwards-Leeper, Laura ; Mazefsky, Carla A. ; Rofey, Dana ; Bascom, Julia ; Caplan, Reid ; Gomez-Lobo, Veronica ; Berg, Dianne R ; Zaks, Zosia ; Wallace, Gregory L. ; Wimms, Harriette ; Pine-Twaddell, Elyse ; Shumer, Daniel ; Register-Brown, Kelly ; Sadikova, Eleonora ; Anthony, Laura G. / Revisiting the Link : Evidence of the Rates of Autism in Studies of Gender Diverse Individuals. In: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2018 ; Vol. 57, No. 11. pp. 885-887.
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