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Young people with intellectual disability talking about sexuality education and information

Frawley, Patsie and Wilson, Nathan J 2016, Young people with intellectual disability talking about sexuality education and information, Sexuality and disability, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 469-484, doi: 10.1007/s11195-016-9460-x.

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Title Young people with intellectual disability talking about sexuality education and information
Author(s) Frawley, PatsieORCID iD for Frawley, Patsie orcid.org/0000-0002-7643-4935
Wilson, Nathan J
Journal name Sexuality and disability
Volume number 34
Issue number 4
Start page 469
End page 484
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 0146-1044
1573-6717
Keyword(s) intellectual disability
sexuality and relationships
young people
transition to adulthood
sexuality education
gender
Summary When young people with intellectual disability (ID) begin to explore their sexuality they face a number of challenges accessing information and support. Unlike most of their non-disabled peers, young people with ID face the challenge of developing their sexuality and relationships within a narrow and regulated social and private life. For young men with ID their sexuality is often pathologised and for young women there is a focus on hygiene, self-protection, and pregnancy. For both young men and young women, their education is dominated by a biological focus and taught as ‘rules’. Mainstream sexuality education curriculum has progressed to a more holistic approach. This holistic approach is missing from programs experienced by young people with ID. In this study we spoke to young people with ID about their experiences and opinions of the effectiveness of sexuality education. Gender-specific focus groups were conducted with 14 young men and 11 young women with ID attending transition programs in Australia. Qualitative data were analysed using a constant comparative method informed by Grounded Theory and highlighted three issues: (1) the young people knew facts and rules but not the ‘how to’ of relationships and sex (2) access to information was limited and mediated by risk averse informants (3) the young people were full of unanswered questions - they wanted to know more and do more.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11195-016-9460-x
Field of Research 111703 Care for Disabled
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090439

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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