To gain further insight into psychosexual functioning, including behaviors, intrapersonal and interpersonal aspects, in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), comprehensive, multi-informant measures are needed. This study describes (1) the development of a new measure of psychosexual functioning in both parent- and self-reports (Teen Transition Inventory; TTI) covering all three domains of psychosexual functioning (i.e. psychosexual socialization, psychosexual selfhood, and sexual/intimate behavior). And (2) the initial testing of this instrument, comparing adolescents with ASD (n = 79 parent-report; n = 58 self-report) to Typically Developing (TD) adolescents (n = 131 parent-report; n = 91 self-report) while taking into account gender as a covariate. Results from both informants indicate more difficulties regarding psychosexual socialization and psychosexual selfhood in the ASD group. With regard to sexual/intimate behavior, only parents reported significantly more problems in adolescents with ASD.

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Keywords Adolescence, Autism spectrum disorder, Comprehensive measure, Psychosexual, Typically developing
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3071-y, hdl.handle.net/1765/98630
Journal Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Citation
Dekker, L.P, Vegt, van der, E.J.M, van der Ende, J, Tick, N.T, Louwerse, I, Maras, A, … Greaves-Lord, K. (2017). Psychosexual Functioning of Cognitively-able Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Compared to Typically Developing Peers. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1–23. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3071-y