An Evaluation of the Tackling Teenage Training Program and Its Effects on Achieving Healthy Psychosexual Functioning in Adolescents with High Functioning Autism
Objectives: This presentation will examine the findings of a pilot study currently underway in Ireland, examining the effects of the TTT program on the psychosexual development of adolescents with ASD.
Methods: Thirty five adolescents and their parents participated in this study. We assess the participants on measures of psychosexual knowledge, sexual functioning, anxiety and behavioural and emotional problems. Self-report and parent-report on measures, across three time points during intervention are gathered, at baseline (T1), post-treatment (T2 18 weeks), and follow-up (T3 6 months post-intervention).
Results: Outcomes have been analysed in relation to changes on measures across the three time points of the study. Additional analyses have been conducted on age and trainer-reported difficulty of the adolescent during intervention, on changes in psychosexual knowledge and sexual functioning, as a result of receiving the training program.
Conclusions: Results are discussed in relation to current research and theory in the area of sexual functioning and psychosexual development during adolescence in ASD.