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ERIC Number: EJ1117481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Sexuality in High-Functioning Autism: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Pecora, Laura A.; Mesibov, Gary B.; Stokes, Mark A.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n11 p3519-3556 Nov 2016
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.
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Language: English
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