ERIC Number: ED446401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Sexuality Issues for Youth with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions. Healthy & Ready To Work (HRTW) Policy Brief.
This policy paper addresses sexuality issues of youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions. The first section introduces the problem of teen pregnancy and pregnancy prevention. The second section provides definitions of disabilities including both visible and invisible disabilities. Risk factors for teen pregnancy are identified and discussed next, including risks for all youth, risks for youth with disabilities, poor academic achievement/high dropout rate, low expectations for post high school outcomes, sexual abuse, cognitive difficulties, poor social skills, poor self-esteem and body image, and lack of information. The final section recommends needed actions and focuses on accommodating community programs for youth with disabilities. This section addresses: sex education, community family planning services, comprehensive programs, community partnerships, inclusion of young men, physical accessibility, contraceptive needs, acknowledgment of cultural diversity, and a checklist for programs. Five policy recommendations and a list of programs/resources conclude the paper. (Contains 41 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Chronic Illness, Community Programs, Definitions, Disabilities, Early Parenthood, Pregnancy, Prevention, Sex Education, Sexuality, Special Health Problems
For full text: http://www.mchbhrtw.org/materials.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. for Child Health Policy.