ERIC Number: EJ1152539
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Romantic Relationships in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dewinter, J.; De Graaf, H.; Begeer, S.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n9 p2927-2934 Sep 2017
This study compared sexual orientation and romantic relationship experience in a large sample of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (n = 675) and general population peers (n = 8064). Gender identity was explored in the ASD group in relation to assigned gender at birth. Compared to general population peers, more people with ASD, especially women, reported sexual attraction to both same- and opposite-sex partners. About half of the participants with ASD was in a relationship (heterosexual in most cases) and most of them lived with their partner. A notable number of autistic participants, again more women than men, reported gender non-conforming feelings. Attention to gender identity and sexual diversity in education and clinical work with people with ASD is advised.
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Intimacy, Interpersonal Relationship, Adolescents, Adults, Gender Issues, Sexual Identity, Gender Differences, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Foreign Countries, Asperger Syndrome, Individual Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, Surveys, Questionnaires, Age Differences, Statistical Analysis
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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