Sexuality and Autistic-Like Symptoms in Juvenile Sex Offenders: A Follow-Up After 8 Years: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

M. E. Baarsma, C. Boonmann, L.A. 't Hart-Kerkhoffs, H. de Graaf, T. A. H. Doreleijers, Rrjm Vermeiren, L. M. C. Jansen

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Abstract

Juveniles who have committed a sexual offense (JSOs) are thought to have abnormal sexual development, as well as increased ASD symptoms. In the current study, sexual development and behavior, as well as stability of ASD-like symptoms were assessed in a sample of 44 male JSOs (mean age 24.7 +/- 1.5 years) 8 years after their sexual offence. JSOs exhibited less knowledge of sexuality, less positive attitudes towards pornography and more often reported having been a victim of verbal sexual intimidation than a matched normal population sample. ASD symptoms were relatively stable over the 8 years follow-up, indicating that social difficulties in JSOs may be part of life-long autistic-like traits. However, ASD symptoms were not related to alterations in sexual development or behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2679-2691
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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