Sexual health for people with intellectual disability

Eastgate, Gillian (2008) Sexual health for people with intellectual disability. Salud Publica De Mexico, 50 Supp. 2: S255-S259. doi:10.1590/S0036-36342008000800019


Author Eastgate, Gillian
Title Sexual health for people with intellectual disability
Formatted title
Salud sexual para personas con discapacidad intelectual
Translated title Sexual health for people with intellectual disability
Language of Title eng
spa
Journal name Salud Publica De Mexico   Check publisher's open access policy
Translated journal name Mexican Public Health
Language of Journal Name spa
ISSN 0036-3634
1606-7916
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1590/S0036-36342008000800019
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 50
Issue Supp. 2
Start page S255
End page S259
Total pages 5
Editor Carlos Oropeza-Abundez
Place of publication Cuernavaca, Mexico
Publisher Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica
Language eng
spa
Subject 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity
920114 Reproductive System and Disorders
111703 Care for Disabled
111717 Primary Health Care
C1
Abstract People with intellectual disability experience the same range of sexual needs and desires as other people. However, they experience many difficulties meeting their needs. They may be discouraged from relieving sexual tension by masturbating. They face a high risk of sexual abuse. They are likely not to be offered the full range of choices for contraception and sexual health screening. Poor education and social isolation may increase their risk of committing sexual offences. However, with appropriate education and good social support, people with intellectual disability are capable of safe, constructive sexual expression and healthy relationships. Providing such support is an essential part of supporting people with intellectual disability.
Formatted abstract
People with intellectual disability experience the same range of sexual needs and desires as other people. However, they experience many difficulties meeting their needs. They may be discouraged from relieving sexual tension by masturbating. They face a high risk of sexual abuse. They are likely not to be offered the full range of choices for contraception and sexual health screening. Poor education and social isolation may increase their risk of committing sexual offences. However, with appropriate education and good social support, people with intellectual disability are capable of safe, constructive sexual expression and healthy relationships. Providing such support is an essential part of supporting people with intellectual disability.

Las personas con discapacidad intelectual experimentan el mismo rango de necesidades y deseos sexuales que las demás, sin embargo éstas encuentran muchas dificultades para satisfacer sus necesidades. En ocasiones se les desalienta de aliviar la tensión sexual mediante masturbación, corren un alto riesgo de sufrir abuso sexual y es muy probable que no se les ofrezcan todas las opciones de anticoncepción y exámenes de salud sexual. La escasa educación y el aislamiento social pueden aumentar el riesgo de que cometan infracciones sexuales. Sin embargo, con una educación apropiada y con un buen apoyo social las personas con discapacidad intelectual pueden encontrar relaciones saludables y una expresión sexual segura y constructiva. Parte esencial de la asistencia a las personas con discapacidad intelectual consiste precisamente en proporcionarles dicho apoyo.
Keyword Intellectual disability
Sexual abuse
Contraception
Sterilisation
Pregnancy
Sexuality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article also contains Spanish version of abstract.

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