Dating autism spectrum
Then a very popular and attractive girl in his class suggested the two of them go for a date at the cinema.He was so happy and the date was progressing well, when the girl became embarrassed and confessed that she asked to go out with him only to complete a dare from her friends. People with an autism spectrum disorder have difficulties understanding and expressing emotions, and an emotion that is particularly confusing to people with ASD is love.Teenagers with Asperger’s syndrome often are eager to understand and experience the social and relationship world of their peers, including romantic relationships and sexual experiences, but there can be problems regarding the source of information on relationships and sexuality.An adolescent with Asperger’s syndrome usually has few, if any, friends with whom he or she can discuss and be informed about relationship topics such as romantic or sexual feelings and the codes of sexual behaviour.Typical children do this naturally and have practised relationship skills with family members and friends for many years before applying these abilities to achieve a successful romantic relationship.Young adults with a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism also have conspicuously limited social conversational skills or ability to communicate emotions, especially affection.However, there is remarkably little research examining this aspect of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) or strategies to facilitate successful relationships.
The person can become confused or overwhelmed when expected to demonstrate and enjoy relatively modest expressions of affection.
The processes of romantic attraction and relationship initiation for adults with ASD are currently unknown.
To understand the processes associated with initial romantic attraction in adults with ASD, a speed-dating study was conducted with adults with ASD.
Three speed-dating events were held, incorporating a total of 24 participants (18 male, 6 female), ranging from 18-30 years old. Participants went on 5-6 `dates' each lasting 5-minutes, with members of the opposite gender.
After each date, participants rated their initial romantic attraction towards each partner.
This can include instances of being deceived and “set up.” For example, a teenager with Asperger’s syndrome was lonely and longing for a girlfriend.