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The Sexual Health Knowledge of People with Intellectual Disabilities: a Review

Borawska-Charko, Magdalena and Rohleder, Poul and Finlay, W Mick L (2017) 'The Sexual Health Knowledge of People with Intellectual Disabilities: a Review.' Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 14 (4). 393 - 409. ISSN 1553-6610

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Abstract

There is a growing recognition that people with disabilities have the same sexual needs and rights as people without disabilities. However, less attention is paid to the sexuality of people diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. This narrative review summarises what is currently known about the level of sexual health knowledge of people with intellectual disabilities. A literature review was conducted of the published literature using Google Scholar, PubMed, PsychInfo, EBSCOhost and Science Direct. Forty-eight articles were identified that addressed the question about the level of sexual health knowledge of people with intellectual disabilities. Overall, studies demonstrate that people with intellectual disabilities are highly variable in levels of sexual knowledge, but on average have a range of deficits in knowledge compared to non-disabled individuals. More tailored education and support in accessing formal and informal sources of information are needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intellectual disability; Sexual knowledge; Sex education; Learning disability; Sexuality
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 14:06
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23150

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