Public opinion on the sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities: a review of the literature

Lam, Angus, Yau, Matthew, Franklin, Richard C., and Leggat, Peter A. (2021) Public opinion on the sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities: a review of the literature. Sexuality and Disability, 39 (2). pp. 395-419.

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Abstract

People with intellectual disabilities (PID) experience the same range of sexual thoughts,feelings, desires, and activities as anyone else. However, the public’s view, especially about stereotypes, is noticeable to have an impact on sexuality and people with disabilities, thereby influencing the population which includes the families of PID, healthcare professionals, and policymakers. This review aims to analyze the opinions of public, family of PID or care staff on the sexuality of PID and the methodology applied. Eleven quantitative peer-reviewed papers were identified. Participants’ attitude could be evaluated as a binary classification of either “Restrictive” or “Acceptance” in four aspects. Demographic background and the conditions of the PID were found to have an influence on people’s attitudes. People acknowledge that PID are not asexual but generally the public holds a more accepting attitude towards the sexuality of PID when compare with family of PID or care staff. Further research on this attitude gap is particularly essential, as this will contribute valuable information and provide insight to policymakers on handling the social, legal and ethical concerns about the sexuality of PID.

Item ID: 68142
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-6717
Keywords: Intellectual disabilities; Public; Sexuality; Sexual expression; Culture; Hong Kong
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC part of Springer Nature 2021
Date Deposited: 25 May 2021 01:48
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420104 Occupational therapy @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420199 Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200301 Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200399 Provision of health and support services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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