Understanding the self‑identification of Autism in Adults: a scoping review

Overton, Gayle, Marsa sambola, Ferran, Martin, Rachael and Cavenagh, Penny (2023) Understanding the self‑identification of Autism in Adults: a scoping review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. ISSN 2195-7177

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Adults are increasingly self-identifying as autistic, and reporting problems being referred for an autism diagnostic assessment. This scoping review aims to ascertain: (1) what research has been conducted on the self-identification process of autism in adults, who do and do not have a formal diagnosis of autism, and (2) which aspects of the self-identification process could be used to improve the referral and the diagnostic process of an adult autism assessment. The main themes identified were: the diagnostic process from a client´s perspective; the process of self-identifying as autistic from a lifespan perspective; an autistic identity; sexual identity and experiences, and the perception of autism as a difference or a disability. These themes could positively enhance the referral and diagnostic process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism, diagnosis, self-identify, scoping review, identity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachael Martin
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2023 14:15
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2023 14:15
URI: https://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3033

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