Self-assessed sexuality in young adults with High-Functioning Autism

Mehzabin, Prianka and Stokes, Mark A. 2011, Self-assessed sexuality in young adults with High-Functioning Autism, Research in autism spectrum disorders, vol. 5, no. 1, January-March, pp. 614-621, doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2010.07.006.

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Title Self-assessed sexuality in young adults with High-Functioning Autism
Author(s) Mehzabin, Prianka
Stokes, Mark A.ORCID iD for Stokes, Mark A.
Journal name Research in autism spectrum disorders
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Season January-March
Start page 614
End page 621
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier Inc.
Place of publication Maryland Heights, Mo.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1750-9467
Keyword(s) High-Functioning Autism
Social function
Summary The literature has revealed that autistic persons of all ages show an interest in sexuality and relationships, but the poor social and communication skills found among those with autism hinders the experience of this. Unfortunately, most research to date in this domain has relied exclusively upon parental or caregiver reports. Thus there remains a need for research to be undertaken in this area based on direct reports from autistic individuals. We hypothesised that compared to Typically Developing (TD) persons, persons with High-Functioning Autism (HFA) would reveal lesser levels of sexual experience, lower levels of sexual and social behaviour, and less understanding of privacy on various subscales of the Sexualised Behaviour Scale. The results of this present study supported the hypothesis on all scales except Privacy and Sexualised Behaviour. Overall, compared to TD individuals, HFA individuals engaged in fewer social behaviours, had less sex education and fewer sexual experiences, had more pronounced concerns for the future, and showed similar levels of privacy knowledge and public sexualised behaviour. These findings suggest a need for specialised sex education programs for autistic populations; further, since social behaviour was significantly lower for autistic individuals and future concerns were higher, this suggests that sex education programs need to incorporate education about social rules to enhance social communication and understanding.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.rasd.2010.07.006
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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