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

Borawska-Charko,, M. and Rohleder, P. and Finlay, W.M.L. (2016) The Sexual Health Knowledge of People with Intellectual Disabilities: a Review. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. (Accepted)

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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: Journal Article
Keywords: intellectual disabilities, sexual health, review, knowledge, sex
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Dr W.M.L. Finlay
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 10:31
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2016 10:31
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701101

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