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Aspects of Sexuality in Adolescents and Adults Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Childhood.

Journal article
Authors Lucrecia Cabral Fernandes
I Carina Gillberg
Mats Cederlund
Bibbi Hagberg
Christopher Gillberg
Eva Billstedt
Published in Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Volume 46
Issue 9
Pages 3155–3165
ISSN 1573-3432
Publication year 2016
Published at Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre
Pages 3155–3165
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2855-...
Keywords Asperger syndrome; Autism spectrum disorders; Autistic disorder; Paraphilia; Sexuality
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry

Abstract

The literature concerning sexuality in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) is limited regarding inappropriate sexual behaviours and paraphilias and its relation to age, verbal ability, symptom severity, intellectual ability, or adaptive functioning. A cohort of 184 adolescents and young adults (ages 15-39 years) with ASD diagnosed in childhood, including both low and high functioning individuals, was examined. The large majority were found to have a sexual interest and showed interest towards the opposite sex. Inappropriate sexual behaviours and paraphilias were reported for about a fourth of the individuals. No relationships were found between inappropriate sexual behaviours and any of the background variables listed above. However, associations were found between paraphilias and ASD symptom severity, intellectual ability, and adaptive functioning.

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