Intellectual disability and sexuality : attitudes of disability support staff and leisure industry employees

Gilmore, Linda & Chambers, Brooke (2010) Intellectual disability and sexuality : attitudes of disability support staff and leisure industry employees. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 35(1), pp. 1-22.


Background: The attitudes of support staff and others in the community towards the sexuality of individuals with an intellectual disability (ID) have the potential to influence opportunities for normalised life experiences in the area of sexuality. ----- Method: A sample of 169 disability support staff and 50 employees from leisure and services industries completed the Attitudes to Sexuality Questionnaires (Individuals with an Intellectual Disability [ASQ–ID], and Individuals from the General Population [ASQ–GP]). ----- Results: Support staff and leisure workers reported generally positive attitudes towards the sexuality of individuals with an ID, but men were seen as having less self-control than women. Support staff were more cautious in their views about parenting, and both groups considered a lower level of sexual freedom to be desirable for women with an ID compared to women who are developing typically. Conclusions Attitudes of both groups are generally quite positive in relation to ID and sexuality.

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ID Code: 29704
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Attitudes, Sexuality, Parenting, Intellectual Disability, ASQ-ID
ISSN: 1366-8250
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2010 21:53
Last Modified: 12 May 2016 06:44

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