Thousands of autistic girls and women ‘going undiagnosed’ due to gender bias


Number of girls and women with the condition in UK may be vastly underestimated, leading neuroscientist says

Hundreds of thousands of girls and women with autism are going undiagnosed due to it being viewed as a “male condition”, according to one of the UK’s leading neuroscientists.

Prof Francesca Happé, director of the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London, warned that the failure to recognise autism in girls and women was taking a stark toll on their mental health.

“We’ve overlooked autism in women and girls and I think there’s a real gender equality issue here,” she said. “I think we are missing large numbers and misdiagnosing them too.”

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2 comments on “Thousands of autistic girls and women ‘going undiagnosed’ due to gender bias
  1. Lee says:

    Do you agree Linda?

  2. Linda says:

    As a general rule yes I do
    Luckily at Axia I have a brilliant team who do not show the gender bias
    I think there are other biases too in my clinical experience including Class

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