Attitudes towards the sexuality of adults with an intellectual disability: parents, support staff, and a community sample

Cuskelly, M. and Bryde, R. (2004) Attitudes towards the sexuality of adults with an intellectual disability: parents, support staff, and a community sample. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 29 3: 255-264.


Author Cuskelly, M.
Bryde, R.
Title Attitudes towards the sexuality of adults with an intellectual disability: parents, support staff, and a community sample
Journal name Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1366-8250
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13668250412331285136
Volume 29
Issue 3
Start page 255
End page 264
Total pages 10
Editor R. J. Stancliffe
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
380105 Social and Community Psychology
750305 Ability and disability
Abstract Attitudes toward the sexuality of adults with intellectual disability were assessed in parents and carers of adults with intellectual disability and in a community sample. An instrument that contained items relating to eight aspects of sexuality (sexual feelings, sex education, masturbation, personal relationships, sexual intercourse, sterilisation, marriage, and parenthood) was developed and found to have good internal consistency and test-retest reliability. Age was associated with attitudes, with those aged 60 and above holding more conservative attitudes. Parents and staff differed in their attitudes, with parents holding more conservative attitudes. This difference was the product of age differences between the groups; nevertheless it may produce some confusion for adults with intellectual disability unless it is addressed appropriately. Both parent and staff groups were less positive about parenthood than about other aspects of sexuality, however the community group did not differ in their views when attitudes towards parenthood were compared with the remaining items Of the scale.
Keyword Education, Special
Rehabilitation
Learning-disabilities
Mental-retardation
People
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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