The female phenotype of autism may cause a delay in diagnosis for autistic
women. Studies show autistic females may camouflage their autistic traits and may have
more mental health difficulties as a result. It has also been hypothesised that autistic
women might be misdiagnosed with other conditions. The current investigation aimed
to explore social and behavioural factors that might delay or prevent diagnosis, and
factors that may influence the mental health pathways to diagnosis for autistic women.