Experiences of Sex Education and Sexual Awareness in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Hannah, Laura and Stagg, Steven D. (2016) Experiences of Sex Education and Sexual Awareness in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. ISSN 0162-3257 (Accepted)

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2906-2

Abstract

The research investigated feelings towards sex education and sexual awareness in young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Data were generated from the Sexual Knowledge, Experiences, Feelings and Needs Questionnaire (McCabe, 1999), the Sexual Awareness Questionnaire (Snell, Fisher & Miller, 1991) and semi-structured interviews. Twenty typically developing and twenty ASD individuals took part. Feelings toward sex education did not differ between the groups, but the groups differed significantly on measures of sexual awareness. The ASD group reported negative experiences of sex education and issues of vulnerability, social anxiety, and confused sexuality were prominent features of the qualitative interviews. The report confirms that sex and relationship education is not sufficient to match the needs of people with ASD.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: autism disorder, sex education, sexual awareness, young adults, sexuality
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email steven.stagg@anglia.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 10:01
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 01:02
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701025

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