A pilot study on the effect of peer support on quality of life of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and gender dysphoria

T Brandsma, K Visser, J J G Volk, A Balleur van Rijn, L P Dekker

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Abstract

Gender dysphoria (GD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) co-occur relatively often, but there is no evidence-based treatment for this specific group. Therefore, we examined the effects of a group intervention for adolescents with ASD and GD in a pilot study with a pre-post-test design. The adolescents completed questionnaires on quality of life, self-esteem, gender dysphoric feelings, and social responsiveness. Results show that participating in this peer support group seems to increase aspects of quality of life, i.e., increased parent-reported psychological well-being and decreased psychological complaints. Even though more research is needed, these results indicate that peer support is an invaluable part of treatment for adolescents with ASD and GD.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online date9 Dec 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Dec 2022

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