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Sexuality and gender issues in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

journal contribution
posted on 2020-07-01, 00:00 authored by Laura Pecora, Merrilyn HooleyMerrilyn Hooley, L Sperry, G B Mesibov, Mark StokesMark Stokes
This article reviews relevant literature on sexuality in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Findings reveal a growing awareness of desire for sexual and intimate relationships in individuals with ASD. However, core impairments of ASD lead to difficulties establishing requisite knowledge and skills necessary to attain a healthy sexuality and facilitate relationships. Consequently, individuals with ASD present with increased risk of engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviors and sexual victimization than their typically developing peers. The literature asserts the need to implement effective sexual education programs to assist in development of healthy sexual identity and relationships that meet each individual's needs.

History

Journal

Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America

Volume

29

Issue

3

Pagination

543 - 556

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1056-4993

eISSN

1558-0490

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal