Attitudes to sexuality questionnaire (individuals with an intellectual disability): Scale development and community norms

Cuskelly, M. and Gilmore, L. (2007) Attitudes to sexuality questionnaire (individuals with an intellectual disability): Scale development and community norms. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 32 3: 214-221. doi:10.1080/13668250701549450


Author Cuskelly, M.
Gilmore, L.
Title Attitudes to sexuality questionnaire (individuals with an intellectual disability): Scale development and community norms
Journal name Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1366-8250
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13668250701549450
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 214
End page 221
Total pages 8
Place of publication Abingdon
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
330000 Education
740000 - Education and Training
Abstract Background Attitudes to the sexual expression of adults with an intellectual disability (ID) are one reflection of the inclusiveness of a community. Our capacity to measure attitudes towards this important aspect of adult life is limited by the lack of an appropriate instrument. The aim of this study was to continue the development of a recently published questionnaire and to establish normative data. Method The Attitudes to Sexuality Questionnaire (Individuals with an Intellectual Disability) (ASQ-ID: Cuskelly & Bryde, 2004) was modified slightly and questions about hypothesised stereotypical views of sexuality were added. A community sample of 261 adults completed this modified questionnaire, as well as a shorter version of the questionnaire about attitudes to sexual expression in typically developing adults. Results Factor analysis revealed one general factor associated with sexual rights, plus three other factors related to parenting, non-reproductive sexual behaviour, and self-control. There were few differences in attitudes towards male and female sexuality, and attitudes were only slightly less positive for individuals with an ID than for those without a disability. Views about parenting by people with an ID were more cautious than for other aspects of sexuality. Conclusions The present study established the factor structure of an instrument for measuring attitudes towards the sexual expression of adults with an ID and provided normative data. Community attitudes towards the sexual rights of adults with an ID are generally quite positive.
Keyword Education, Special
Rehabilitation
attitudes
sexuality
sexual behaviour
intellectual disability
Mental-retardation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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