ERIC Number: ED232350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Human Sexuality for the Mentally Retarded.
Zitzow, Darryl; And Others
The Human Sexuality for the Mentally Retarded program sought to provide cognitive awareness of human sexuality for mentally retarded trainable residents (5 to 21 years old) as well as inservice staff training regarding attitudes and cognitive awareness changes. Cognitive awareness training focused on body parts, discrimination of the sexes, puberty changes, menstrual hygiene, social behaviors, and appropriate behaviors. Inappropriate behaviors in residents were observed and individual behavior modification programs were carried out for nine residents. Inservice training involved 456 participants. Climate observation or questionnaire formats were used to measure the program's effectiveness. Resulting data are presented for each activity, indicating a significant increase in resident cognitive awareness of human sexuality, a reduction in inappropriate sexual behaviors of residents, a positive change in attitudes of staff, and an understanding of much higher degrees of sexually inappropriate behaviors by residents in unstructured settings. The project was found to be exportable, and replication considerations are given. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: South Dakota State Div. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pierre.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: The project was conducted at the Redfield State Hospital and School, Redfield, SD.