Improving psychosexual knowledge in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: pilot of the tackling teenage training program.

Linda P. Dekker*, E J.M. van der Vegt, Kirsten Visser, Nouchka Tick, Frieda Boudesteijn, Frank C. Verhulst, Athanasios Maras, Kirstin Greaves-Lord

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1532-1540
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2014

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