Autism and Male Sexuality: What do we know about it?

Originally Published on April 11th, 2024 at 09:49 am
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As the number of individuals who are on the spectrum and are charged with or convicted of a sex crime increases, it becomes critically important for all who work with these individuals in the system, from evaluators to probation officers, to be educated specifically about sex crimes, autism and male sexuality. 


This 2017 study published in the journal, Autism, specifically explored how adolescent boys on the ASD spectrum experience sexuality.


This is a qualitative study that uses interpretative phenomenological analysis to collect and analyze the study data. 

The study involved 8 men between the ages of 16 and 20 who had all previously been diagnosed with ASD. 

The men were interviewed by the researchers and asked a set of questions relating to sexuality.  

The data analysis revealed three main themes: 

  • Developing Sexual Self
  • Interpreting sexuality related information from my surroundings
  • Exploring relationships and partnered sex

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