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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2/2021

13-06-2020 | Brief Report

Brief Report: Asexuality and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum

Auteurs: Hillary H. Bush, Lindsey W. Williams, Eva Mendes

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 2/2021

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Abstract

Existing research suggests that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more likely than those without ASD to self-identify as asexual, or as being on the asexual spectrum. This study contributes to the literature by exploring aspects of sexuality and well-being in a large, community-based sample of young women (18–30 years old) with ASD (N = 247) and comparing the experiences of those with asexual spectrum identities and those with other sexual orientations (e.g., gay, bisexual, heterosexual). In the present sample, asexual participants reported less sexual desire and fewer sexual behaviors than those with other sexual orientations, but greater sexual satisfaction. Being on the asexual spectrum also was associated with lower generalized anxiety symptoms. Clinical and research implications are discussed.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Brief Report: Asexuality and Young Women on the Autism Spectrum
Auteurs
Hillary H. Bush
Lindsey W. Williams
Eva Mendes
Publicatiedatum
13-06-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 2/2021
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04565-6

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