ERIC Number: EJ1042890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Brief Report: Parent-Child Sexuality Communication and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Holmes, Laura G.; Himle, Michael B.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n11 p2964-2970 Nov 2014
While considerable research has focused on promoting independence and optimizing quality of life for adolescents and young adult with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sexual development and sexuality education have been largely neglected. Experts recommend that parents be the primary source of sex education for adolescents with ASD, and that sex education be tailored to a child's developmental level. Prior studies show that parents of youth with ASD are uncertain about how to best communicate about sex and which topics to discuss with their children. In the current study we administered an online survey to 190 parents of adolescents with ASD in order to better understand sexuality communication patterns between parents and adolescents with both low and high functioning ASD.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Parent Child Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Sexuality, Sex Education, Adolescents, Parents as Teachers, Online Surveys, Parent Surveys
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