Overview: Capacity to consent to sexual relationships in adults with learning disabilities

Murphy, Glynis H. (2003) Overview: Capacity to consent to sexual relationships in adults with learning disabilities. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare, 29 (3). pp. 148-149. ISSN 1471-1893. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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People with learning disabilities used to be seen as asexual or promiscuous and were discouraged from expressing their sexuality. However, with the growth of the rights movement, attention has turned to the dilemma of how to both empower and protect people with learning disabilities in relation to their sexuality. A recent research project showed that, on average, adults with learning disabilities knew much less about sex and understood much less about sexual abuse than non-disabled young people aged 16 years. Sex education made a significant difference to their knowledge and understanding however. The implications of the study for services for people with learning disabilities and for definitions of capacity to consent to sexual relationships are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2012 13:03
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 11:29
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32170 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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