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Stalking, and social and romantic functioning among adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder

Stokes, Mark, Newton, Naomi and Kaur, Archana 2007, Stalking, and social and romantic functioning among adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder, Journal of autism and developmental disorders, vol. 37, no. 10, pp. 1969-1986, doi: 10.1007/s10803-006-0344-2.

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Title Stalking, and social and romantic functioning among adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder
Author(s) Stokes, MarkORCID iD for Stokes, Mark orcid.org/0000-0001-6488-4544
Newton, Naomi
Kaur, Archana
Journal name Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume number 37
Issue number 10
Start page 1969
End page 1986
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2007-11
ISSN 0162-3257
1573-3432
Keyword(s) autism
high-functioning-autism
social skills
sexual behaviour
stalking
Summary We examine the nature and predictors of social and romantic functioning in adolescents and adults with ASD. Parental reports were obtained for 25 ASD adolescents and adults (13–36 years), and 38 typical adolescents and adults (13–30 years). The ASD group relied less upon peers and friends for social (OR = 52.16, p < .01) and romantic learning (OR = 38.25, p < .01). Individuals with ASD were more likely to engage in inappropriate courting behaviours (χ2 df = 19 = 3168.74, p < .001) and were more likely to focus their attention upon celebrities, strangers, colleagues, and ex-partners (χ2 df = 5 = 2335.40, p < .001), and to pursue their target longer than controls (t = −2.23, df = 18.79, p < .05). These results show that the diagnosis of ASD is pertinent when individuals are prosecuted under stalking legislation in various jurisdictions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10803-006-0344-2
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003918

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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