ERIC Number: ED434872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
The Individual with Intellectual Disabilities and Sex Education: Perspectives of Involved Adults.
Brown, Randel D.
This study examined the perceptions of involved adults concerning sex education for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Participants were 40 individuals who provided direct care or instruction to individuals with intellectual disabilities or who had administrative responsibility for them. They completed a 36-item Q-sort that examined their opinions on the subject. Data analysis produced four belief systems: (1) normalization advocates, who were strong supporters of human rights for individuals with intellectual disabilities and believed in the importance of instructing them about sex and the moral implications of participating in sexual activities; (2) supporters of abstinence, who ardently supported sex education for individuals with intellectual disabilities to prevent possible abuse, who did not support sex outside of marriage, and who believed that this population could not successfully participate in marital relationships; (3) responsibility and control proponents, who strongly supported providing sex education to individuals with intellectual disabilities and offering extensive birth control measures; and (4) humanistic stalwarts, who were the strongest supporters of human rights for individuals with disabilities and contended that sex education, including birth control, is the right of all who can understand. They believed that individuals with intellectual disabilities should be allowed to participate in sexual activities and marriage with procreation if desired. (Contains 32 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Human Subjectivity (7th, Columbia, MO, October 1997).