Journal article

"Always a glass ceiling." Gender or autism; the barrier to occupational inclusion

Susan M Hayward, Keith R McVilly, Mark A Stokes

RESEARCH IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background: Under- and unemployment adversely affect the economic, health, and social circumstances of people with autism; notably those with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or high autistic traits (HATs). However, little research has been published comparing the experiences of women to men with HATs, and women without autism (i.e., those typically developing; TD) to ascertain if employment issues are a function of gender or autistic traits (ATs). Method: An anonymous online survey was conducted attracting 28 women and 18 men with HATs aged 18–68 years (M = 38.63, SD = 13.12), with a further 21 TD women and 16 TD men aged 23–62 years (M = 38.38, SD = 10.32). Quantitative data were an..

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