Sexuality in adolescent boys with autism spectrum disorder: self-reported behaviours and attitudes

J. Dewinter, R. Vermeiren, I. Vanwesenbeeck, J. Lobbestael, C. van Nieuwenhuizen

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Abstract

Differences in sexual functioning of adolescents with and without autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are understudied. In the current study, self-reported sexual behaviours, interests and attitudes of 50 adolescent boys, aged 15-18, with at least average intelligence and diagnosed with ASD, were compared with a matched general population control group of 90 boys. Results demonstrated substantial similarity between the groups in terms of sexual behaviours. The only significant difference was that boys with ASD reacted more tolerant towards homosexuality compared to the control group. Results reveal that sexuality is a normative part of adolescent development in high-functioning boys with ASD. Hence, attention should be given to this topic in education and mental health care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-741
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

Keywords

  • ADULTS
  • ASPERGERS-SYNDROME
  • Asperger's disorder
  • Autism
  • CHILDREN
  • EXPERIENCE
  • HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • PREVALENCE
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Sexuality
  • VOLUNTEER BIAS
  • YOUTH

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Dewinter, J. ; Vermeiren, R. ; Vanwesenbeeck, I. ; Lobbestael, J. ; van Nieuwenhuizen, C. / Sexuality in adolescent boys with autism spectrum disorder: self-reported behaviours and attitudes. In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2015 ; Vol. 45, No. 3. pp. 731-741.
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Sexuality in adolescent boys with autism spectrum disorder: self-reported behaviours and attitudes. / Dewinter, J.; Vermeiren, R.; Vanwesenbeeck, I.; Lobbestael, J.; van Nieuwenhuizen, C.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 45, No. 3, 03.2015, p. 731-741.

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