Previous studies have shown that psychosexual functioning in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is hampered and emphasize the need for a specialized training program tailored to their needs. Therefore, an individual training program was developed; the Tackling Teenage Training (TTT) program. The current pilot study systematically evaluated whether psychosexual knowledge increased after taking part in the TTT program, using a pre- and post-training design in 30 adolescents with ASD (77 % male, mean age = 14.80 years, mean intelligence = 96.96). Psychosexual knowledge increased significantly (pre-training total score: M = 25.74, SD = 6.20; post-training total score: M = 33.52 (SD = 2.78); F(1,29) = 65.20, p < .001). The TTT program may be useful to improve psychosexual knowledge and functioning in adolescents with ASD, yet these findings are preliminary, and a more elaborate controlled trial is needed.

Autism spectrum disorder, Psychosexual functioning, Psychosexual knowledge, Training program,
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology

Dekker, L.P, van der Vegt, E.J.M, Visser, K, Tick, N.T, Boudesteijn, F, Verhulst, F.C, … Greaves-Lord, K. (2015). Improving Psychosexual Knowledge in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Pilot of the Tackling Teenage Training Program. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(6), 1532–1540. doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2301-9