Sexuality in high-functioning autism: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Pecora, Laura A., Mesibov, Gary B. and Stokes, Mark A. 2016, Sexuality in high-functioning autism: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of autism and developmental disorders, vol. 46, no. 11, pp. 3519-3556, doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2892-4.

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Title Sexuality in high-functioning autism: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Author(s) Pecora, Laura A.
Mesibov, Gary B.
Stokes, Mark A.ORCID iD for Stokes, Mark A.
Journal name Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume number 46
Issue number 11
Start page 3519
End page 3556
Total pages 38
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 1573-3432
Keyword(s) Autism spectrum disorder
Female profile
High-functioning autism
Systematic review and meta-analysis
Social Sciences
Psychology, Developmental
Summary Preliminary research examining sexuality within High-Functioning Autism (HFA) has been yet to consider the impact sex may have on the sexual/romantic functioning of this population. A systematic database search was carried out to identify 27 observational and cross-sectional publications meeting predetermined inclusion criteria. Using standardised mean differences, a random-effects meta-analysis pooled data from 9 eligible studies. Exhibiting higher levels of sexual understanding, females with HFA were subject to more adverse sexual experiences than males with HFA and neurotypical counterparts. Males reported greater desire for, and engagement in both solitary and dyadic sexual contact. Findings have provided initial insight into characterising the sexuality of males and females with HFA, yet also necessitated the need for future research in the field.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10803-016-2892-4
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
13 Education
17 Psychology And Cognitive Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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