According to a study conducted in the Netherlands there may be much higher occurance of GID in individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (than non asd individuals).
Below i have pasted an abstract and provided a link to the study report.
I would like to ask if anyone has any other information to suggest a link or any other evidence to suggest so.
I would also like to ask if anyone has any annecdotal evidence as i believe this is also important.
Only case reports have described the co-occurrence of gender identity disorder (GID)
and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This study examined this co-occurrence using a
systematic approach. Children and adolescents (115 boys and 89 girls, mean age 10.8,
SD=3.58) referred to a gender identity clinic received a standardized assessment during
which a GID diagnosis was made and ASD suspected cases were identified. The Dutch
version of the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (10th rev.,
DISCO-10) was administered to ascertain ASD classifications. The incidence of ASD in
this sample of children and adolescents was 7.8% (n=16). Clinicians should be aware of
co-occurring ASD and GID and the challenges it generates in clinical management.
FOR CLARITY: Gender Identity Difference is commonly referred to as "Gender Identity Disorder" or "Gender Dysmorphia".
As i do not like the negative connotations of the words "Disorder" or "Dysmorphia" I have used the more nuetral term of "Difference".