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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 12/2018

03-04-2018 | Original Paper

Broad Autism Phenotypic Traits and the Relationship to Sexual Orientation and Sexual Behavior

Auteurs: Lydia R. Qualls, Kathrin Hartmann, James F. Paulson

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 12/2018

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Abstract

Individuals with higher levels of the broad autism phenotype (BAP) have some symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Like individuals with ASD, people with higher-BAP may have fewer sexual experiences and may experience more same-sex attraction. This study measured BAP traits, sexual experiences, and sexual orientation in typically developing (TD) individuals to see if patterns of sexual behavior and sexual orientation in higher-BAP resemble those in ASD. Although BAP characteristics did not predict sexual experiences, one BAP measure significantly predicted sexual orientation, β = 0.22, t = 2.72, p = .007, controlling for demographic variables (R2 change = .04, F = 7.41, p = .007), showing individuals with higher-BAP also reported increased same-sex attraction. This finding supports the hypothesis that individuals with higher-BAP resemble ASD individuals in being more likely than TD individuals to experience same-sex attraction.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Broad Autism Phenotypic Traits and the Relationship to Sexual Orientation and Sexual Behavior
Auteurs
Lydia R. Qualls
Kathrin Hartmann
James F. Paulson
Publicatiedatum
03-04-2018
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 12/2018
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3556-3

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