The right to sexual health : a pilot study on sex education and young people with intellectual disabilities

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title The right to sexual health : a pilot study on sex education and young people with intellectual disabilities
Author(s) Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta
Date 2011
English abstract
Background: In Sweden sex education has been compulsory since 1955. However, access to this still seems to be insufficient in special schools. Worries about unwanted pregnancies, sexual abuse and sexual risk situations make the surrounding unsecure about what, how and who are most supposed to deal with the subject. Also, there are a lot of changes of community patterns and social arenas for love and sexuality due to the Internet. Young people with ID look upon the Net as an arena where they can be as “everyone else”. Teachers, in the contrary, looks at the usage of the Internet as sexual risk taking behaviour. Knowledge of so called net rules is one way to counteract the risks, but these rules are seldom supplied to young people with ID. A heteronormativ norm in sex education makes young gay people with ID to be an invisible group. Finally, stereotyped gender norms where girls are supposed to be oriented towards love and relationships and boys towards sexuality make it harder for young people with ID to find a more nuanced way to act. Purpose: The study aim to strengthen the sexual health among young people with ID, and to develop knowledge from their own experiences that can help teachers in special school to supply sufficient sex education. Research questions: Which experiences of sex education do young people with ID in the age of 16-21 have? Are there any similarities or differences between boys and girls? In what way, and by whom, should sex education be supplied? What themes do the young people with ID think is of importance? Methods: Qualitative research interviews with young females and males with ID in the age of 16-21 years. The use of the study: The results from the study intend to be used to develop an adequate pedagogic model for sex education at special schools.
Link http://www2.kenes.com/was2011/info/Documents/jsm_v8_supp3.pdf (external link to publication)
Host/Issue Proceedings from the 20th World Congress of Sexual Health;60
Series/Issue The Journal of Sexual Medicine;8/s3
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Sex education
Youth
Intellectual disability
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note The 20th World Congress for Sexual Heath, Glasgow, June 12-16, 2011.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13896 (link to this page)
Link http://www2.kenes.com/was2011/Pages/Home.aspx (external link to related web page)

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