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ERIC Number: EJ1195853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Broad Autism Phenotypic Traits and the Relationship to Sexual Orientation and Sexual Behavior
Qualls, Lydia R.; Hartmann, Kathrin; Paulson, James F.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v48 n12 p3974-3983 Dec 2018
Individuals with higher levels of the broad autism phenotype (BAP) have some symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Like individuals with ASD, people with higher-BAP may have fewer sexual experiences and may experience more same-sex attraction. This study measured BAP traits, sexual experiences, and sexual orientation in typically developing (TD) individuals to see if patterns of sexual behavior and sexual orientation in higher-BAP resemble those in ASD. Although BAP characteristics did not predict sexual experiences, one BAP measure significantly predicted sexual orientation, [beta] = 0.22, t = 2.72, p = 0.007, controlling for demographic variables (R[superscript 2] change = 0.04, F = 7.41, p = 0.007), showing individuals with higher-BAP also reported increased same-sex attraction. This finding supports the hypothesis that individuals with higher-BAP resemble ASD individuals in being more likely than TD individuals to experience same-sex attraction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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