The experience of sexuality in adults with intellectual disability.

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The experience of sexuality in adults with intellectual disability.

J Intellect Disabil Res. 2018 Jan;62(1):72-80

Authors: Gil-Llario MD, Morell-Mengual V, Ballester-Arnal R, Díaz-Rodríguez I

BACKGROUND: People with intellectual disability have the same sexual needs as those without any disability, yet their sexuality is often restricted by reluctant attitudes and/or fears based on irrational beliefs. The aim of this study is to describe and analyse different areas of sexuality in adults with mild or moderate intellectual disability.
METHOD: The sample consisted of 180 men and 180 women attending occupational centres. All the participants were administered a questionnaire about sexuality adapted to their characteristics.
RESULTS: Results show that 84.2% have had sexual relationships with another person, this percentage being higher in females and in people aged between 38 and 55 years old. Condoms are used by 41.4%. The most frequently used contraceptive methods are the pill (39.6%), transdermal patch (30.2%) and intrauterine device (6.7%). 9.4% of the women and 2.8% of the men has experienced sexual abuse.
CONCLUSION: In conclusion, there is a need to draw up educational programmes, differentiated according to gender and adapted to their reality, which include contents related with sexual health, sexual abuse and condom use.

PMID: 29159891 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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