Dating and Courtship Behaviors Among Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder
There has been growing concern among stakeholders about individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their sexual and intimate relationship experience, and their ability to pursue and maintain interpersonal relationships in a healthy manner. ASD is characterized, in part, by communication and socialization deficits, which may lead to miscommunications, inappropriate communications, or inappropriate actions towards romantic interests. This study sought to describe the romantic experiences of a small sample of individuals with ASD and explore any inappropriate courtship behaviors while pursuing a romantic interest.
KeywordsAutism spectrum disorder Sexuality Dating Stalking Harassment United States
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The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained electronically from all individual participants included in the study.
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