What is it about?

There is a growing and evolving research evidence base regarding sexuality issues and adults with intellectual disabilities. Individuals can face challenges, including the right to express their sexuality and to access necessary education and supports. This systematic review explores sexuality experiences, the views and opinions of adults with intellectual disabilities and highlights areas for future practice developments.

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Why is it important?

Studies on the topic tend to present the views and opinions of families, carers and professionals. This review highlights issues from the available research that address the unique experiences of adults who have an intellectual disability. The discussion presents areas relevant to policy, practice education and future research priorities.


This review has uncovered and identified important concerns that can guide and inform policy, education, practice and the support needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. This is necessary if the drive towards social inclusion and responsive, individualized care and support, is to be a reality.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Sexuality issues and the voices of adults with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review of the literature, Research in Developmental Disabilities, March 2018, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2018.01.009.
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