Publication in: Spring 2023 Issue

Neurodivergence in the Face of “Femininity”: Understanding the Experiences of Those Socialized as Women
Aven Crochet
Faculty Mentor(s):
Marcia Ghidina
Abstract / Summary:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder have long been considered primarily male disorders. This study seeks to establish an up-to-date account of the experiences of Neurodivergent individuals who are women, assigned female at birth, or both. Through interviews with ten individuals, the author found themes related to comorbidities, interpersonal relationships, masking, unmasking, and gender. Findings led to the author’s conclusion that long-term adverse effects are related to the overall quality of life and sense of self if the conditions outlined in this paper go undiagnosed and untreated. For a better understanding of Neurodivergence, an updated recognition of ADHD and Autism is needed, especially in women and individuals assigned female at birth. Keywords: ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Masking, Unmasking, Gender, Women, Assigned Female at Birth, Neurodivergent, and Neurodivergence.
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