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Conditionally sexual : men and teenage boys with moderate to profound intellectual disability
journal contributionposted on 2011-09-01, 00:00 authored by N Wilson, T Parmenter, R Stancliffe, Russell ShuttleworthRussell Shuttleworth
This article presents qualitative research data about the sexuality of men and teenage boys with moderate to profound intellectual disability. Research findings pointed to a conditional construct of sexuality based within a biopsychosocial framework. The notion Conditionally Sexual represents the perceived limitations, within a rights-based discourse, of these men and teenage boys’ sexuality. The limitations to person-centred service delivery from a policy vacuum in the area of sexuality and intellectual disability represents a major challenge for paid staff. We suggest that a move toward better understanding how to support such a conditional sexual construct will assist the development of a healthy masculine sexuality for men and boys with intellectual disability.