ERIC Number: EJ1088310
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Parental Awareness of Sexual Experience in Adolescent Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dewinter, J.; Vermeiren, R.; Vanwesenbeeck, I.; Van Nieuwenhuizen, Ch.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n2 p713-719 Feb 2016
Parent report and adolescent self-report data on lifetime sexual experience in adolescents with ASD were compared in 43 parent-adolescent dyads. Parents tended to underestimate the lifetime sexual experience of their sons, particularly solo sexual experiences such as masturbation and experience with orgasm. Parental underestimation and unawareness of adolescents' sexual experience may influence communication and education about sex and sexuality in families. These findings have implications for the interpretation of earlier research, based on parent and caregiver reports, on sexuality in adolescents with ASD.
Descriptors: Sexuality, Parent Attitudes, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Adolescents, Measurement Techniques, Sons, Parent Child Relationship, Sex Education
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