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Transgender people ’more likely to be autistic’, study reveals

Transgender people ’more likely to be autistic’, study reveals

A new study has found that transgender and ’gender-diverse adults’ are 6 times more likely to be diagnosed as autistic than the general population. The University of Cambridge study is based on the responses of 500,000 Britons. It found that while just over 1% of the UK population is estimated to be on the autistic spectrum, up to 6.5% of gender-diverse adults are on the autistic spectrum.

KCooper
KCooper
Eva Blue
Eva Blue 1 months

I have both a son and niece that are on the autism spectrum. If I were to repeatedly expose them to an idea, behavior, or routine often enough they will latch on and it becomes part of their daily life/routine when it otherwise would not have. I mean, this is often how people with Autism are taught, through social stories and the like to interact with others. Pending further research, I think this is a case of correlation does not equal causation. My son (who is now 18) has admitted throughout the years he behaves as he is expected to fit in as best as possible. We've had plenty of conversations trying to gain insight into how he feels about things and whether his actions are the result of his own ideas/needs/wants or outside influences. I think it's just as possible that these rates of autism in trans/gender fluid communities are because people on the spectrum see this as a way to fit in rather than being truly body dismorphic or trans.

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