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Gender and Autism

August 20, 2012

Because of gender-based differences, women are less likely to be diagnosed as Autistic.

Whether that means that there are fewer Autistic females than males depends on one’s definition of Autism. Using current definitions, men are more likely to be diagnosed.

Until Autism and other conditions can be diagnosed neurologically, not just psychotherapeutically, there will really be no way to be certain about the gendered nature of many disorders.

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