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- ItemSexuality in a community based sample of adults with autism spectrum disorder(2011) Gilmour, Laura; Schalomon, Melike; Smith, VeronicaFew studies have examined the sexual attitudes and behaviours of individuals with high functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) living in community settings. A total of 82 (55 female and 17 male) adults with autism were contrasted with 282 members of the general population on their responses to an online survey of sexual knowledge and experiences. Findings revealed that individuals with ASD display an interest in sex and engage in sexual behaviours and showed no significant differences in breadth and strength of sexual behaviours and comprehension of sexual language when contrasted with non-ASD participants. However, despite these similarities, a higher rate of asexuality was found among individuals with ASD. In addition, the results of the current study indicated that females with ASD show a significantly lower degree of heterosexuality when compared to males with ASD. The results also suggested a higher degree of homosexuality among females with ASD although this effect did not reach significance.
- ItemSexuality in a community-based sample of adults with autism spectrum disorder(2012) Gilmour, Laura; Schalomon, Melike; Smith, VeronicaThe current study sampled 82 adults with ASD and normal intelligence (nfemale=55, nmale=27) and 282 members of the general population. Research was conducted via online survey. We hypothesized that brain masculinization would result in a higher rate of homosexual behaviours and interests among females with ASD and a lower rate among males. We also explored the hypothesis that general patterns of sexual behaviour would be altered by ASD, and that the number of partners and frequency of sexual activity among individuals with ASD would differ from that in the general population.