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J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 Jun;47(6):1910-1916. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3092-6.

Brief Report: Sexual Attraction and Relationships in Adolescents with Autism.

May T1,2, Pang KC3,4,5,6,7, Williams K3,4,8.

Author information

1
Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia. Tamara.may@unimelb.edu.au.
2
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, 50 Flemington Rd, Parkville, VIC, 3052, Australia. Tamara.may@unimelb.edu.au.
3
Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia.
4
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, 50 Flemington Rd, Parkville, VIC, 3052, Australia.
5
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Parkville, Australia.
6
Department of Adolescent Medicine, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Australia.
7
Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia.
8
Developmental Medicine Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Australia.

Abstract

Past research suggests more variation in sexual attraction in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using clinical samples. This study utilised a population representative group of 14/15 year olds from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Ninety-four adolescents (73 males, 21 females) with ASD and 3454 (1685 males, 1675 females) without self-reported on sexual attraction and past sexual relationships. Females with ASD reported lower rates of heterosexual preference (adjusted odds ratio: 0.14, p < .001), higher rates of bisexuality (adjusted odds ratio: 6.05, p < .001) and uncertainty in attraction (adjusted odds ratio: 10.44, p < .001) compared with non-ASD females. ASD males reported fewer prior boyfriends/girlfriends. Findings confirm female adolescents with ASD have differences in sexual attraction compared with non-ASD females.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent health; Autism; Sexual attraction; Sexuality

PMID:
28342163
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-017-3092-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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