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Brief Report: Sexual Orientation in Individuals with Autistic Traits
University of Lübeck, Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4111-9708
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Läns Landsting.
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2018 (English)In: Journal of autism and developmental disorders, ISSN 0162-3257, E-ISSN 1573-3432, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 619-624Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We examined the association between autistic traits and sexual orientation in a general adult population (N = 47,356). Autistic traits were measured with the ten items Autistic Quotient questionnaire using a cut-off score of ≥ 6. Sexual orientation was assessed by self-report. Multinomial logistic regression was used to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for sexual orientation categories. Participants with autistic traits were more likely to identify as bisexual (OR 1.73; 95% CI 1.01-2.9) and to feel that their sexual orientation could neither be described as hetero-, homo- nor bisexual (OR 3.05; 95% CI 2.56-3.63), compared to individuals without autistic traits. Autistic traits are associated with minority sexual orientation, and perhaps with uncertain self-identification and/or a defiance of traditional ways of categorizing sexual identity.

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2018. Vol. 48, no 2, p. 619-624
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AQ-10, Bisexuality, Epidemiology, Homosexuality, Sexual orientation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-3100DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3369-9PubMedID: 29086210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-3100DiVA, id: diva2:1380214
Available from: 2019-12-18 Created: 2019-12-18 Last updated: 2019-12-20Bibliographically approved

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