Transition staff discuss sex education and support for young men and women with intellectual and developmental disability

Wilson, Nathan J. and Frawley, Patricia 2016, Transition staff discuss sex education and support for young men and women with intellectual and developmental disability, Journal of intellectual and developmental disability, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 209-221, doi: 10.3109/13668250.2016.1162771.

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Title Transition staff discuss sex education and support for young men and women with intellectual and developmental disability
Author(s) Wilson, Nathan J.
Frawley, PatriciaORCID iD for Frawley, Patricia orcid.org/0000-0002-7643-4935
Journal name Journal of intellectual and developmental disability
Volume number 41
Issue number 3
Start page 209
End page 221
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1469-9532
Keyword(s) intellectual disability
transition
gender
sex education
sexual health
staff
Summary Background Young people with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) get information, education, and support about social and sexual relationships from different sources. Staff are often involved in providing this education and support. We explored if and how this support is offered to young people transitioning to adulthood.Methods Focus groups were conducted with 17 staff from 3 transition services to illicit information about their experiences providing this education and support.Findings A key theme was that staff are “reluctant counsellors.” Although staff provided social and sexual education, they reported being underprepared and relied primarily on their own values as guidance. They did this in full recognition that transition services filled a social gap for participants, blurring the lines between education and social support.Conclusion Further research is needed to inform sexuality and relationship policy and practice during transition to adulthood, as this is a key learning and developmental time for young adults with IDD.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/13668250.2016.1162771
Field of Research 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
1103 Clinical Sciences
1607 Social Work
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Australian Society for Intellectual Disability
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