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ERIC Number: EJ1141269
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Sexual Attraction and Relationships in Adolescents with Autism
May, Tamara; Pang, Ken C.; Williams, Katrina
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n6 p1910-1916 Jun 2017
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 < 0.001), higher rates of bisexuality (adjusted odds ratio: 6.05, p < 0.001) and uncertainty in attraction (adjusted odds ratio: 10.44, p < 0.001) 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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth
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