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Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2015 Apr;17(4):562. doi: 10.1007/s11920-015-0562-4.

Sexual behavior and autism spectrum disorders: an update and discussion.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California-Davis, 2230 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA, 95817, USA,


In the last few years, we have gained a deeper understanding about sexuality among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Greater interest in this subject and improvements in the empirical study of ASD populations are driving this enlightenment. The data is dispelling antiquated notions that ASD individuals are asexual, sexually unknowledgeable and inexperienced, and/or disinterested in relationships. We still have a ways to go in examining paraphilic or deviant arousal sexual behaviors among ASD individuals. This manuscript provides an update on sexuality research in ASD in the last few years. This is accompanied by a discussion of the paraphilic type sexual behaviors observed among some ASD individuals.

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