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Experiences of Autism Acceptance and Mental Health in Autistic Adults

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Cage E, Di Monaco J & Newell V (2018) Experiences of Autism Acceptance and Mental Health in Autistic Adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48 (2), pp. 473-484. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3342-7

Abstract
Mental health difficulties are highly prevalent in individuals on the autism spectrum. The current study examined how experiences and perceptions of autism acceptance could impact on the mental health of autistic adults. 111 adults on the autism spectrum completed an online survey examining their experiences of autism acceptance, along with symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. Regression analyses showed that autism acceptance from external sources and personal acceptance significantly predicted depression. Acceptance from others also significantly predicted stress but acceptance did not predict anxiety. Further analyses suggested that experiences of “camouflaging” could relate to higher rates of depression. The current study highlights the importance of considering how autism acceptance could contribute to mental health in autism.

Keywords
Autism acceptance; Mental health; Masking; Camouflaging

Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders: Volume 48, Issue 2

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of London
Publication date28/02/2018
Publication date online25/10/2017
Date accepted by journal25/10/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30653
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
ISSN0162-3257
eISSN1573-3432

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Dr Eilidh Cage

Dr Eilidh Cage

Lecturer in Psychology, Psychology