Living with autism without knowing: receiving a diagnosis in later life

Stagg, Steven D. and Belcher, Hannah (2019) Living with autism without knowing: receiving a diagnosis in later life. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 7 (1). pp. 348-361. ISSN 2164-2850

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/21642850.2019.1684920

Abstract

Increasingly adults over the age of 50 are receiving a diagnosis of autism spectrum condition. Growing up in a time when autism was poorly recognised, these adults have lived unknowingly with the condition and face readjustment. This paper reports the first study to investigate this population. Nine adults over the age of 50, who had recently been diagnosed with ASC, were interviewed, and thematic analysis was used to analyse the transcripts. Results showed that the participants had received treatment for anxiety and depression. They reported ASC behaviours in their childhood and growing up they felt isolated and alien. Receiving a diagnosis was seen as a positive step and allowed for a reconfiguration of self and an appreciation of individual needs. Given the positive aspects of receiving a late diagnosis, more work is needed to identify older adults with undiagnosed ASC.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Autism spectrum disorders, diagnosis, older adults, late diagnosis
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2019 11:55
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 16:07
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/704943

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