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Friends and Lovers : The Relationships of Autistic and Neurotypical Women. / Sedgewick, Felicity; Crane, Laura; Hill, Vivian; Pellicano, Elizabeth.

In: Autism in Adulthood, Vol. 1, No. 2, 13.04.2019, p. 112-123.

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Sedgewick, F, Crane, L, Hill, V & Pellicano, E 2019, 'Friends and Lovers: The Relationships of Autistic and Neurotypical Women' Autism in Adulthood, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 112-123. https://doi.org/10.1089/aut.2018.0028

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Sedgewick, F., Crane, L., Hill, V., & Pellicano, E. (2019). Friends and Lovers: The Relationships of Autistic and Neurotypical Women. Autism in Adulthood, 1(2), 112-123. https://doi.org/10.1089/aut.2018.0028

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Sedgewick F, Crane L, Hill V, Pellicano E. Friends and Lovers: The Relationships of Autistic and Neurotypical Women. Autism in Adulthood. 2019 Apr 13;1(2):112-123. https://doi.org/10.1089/aut.2018.0028

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Sedgewick, Felicity ; Crane, Laura ; Hill, Vivian ; Pellicano, Elizabeth. / Friends and Lovers : The Relationships of Autistic and Neurotypical Women. In: Autism in Adulthood. 2019 ; Vol. 1, No. 2. pp. 112-123.

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