Sexuality in Adolescents with Intellectual disability: Felt Needs of Parents

  • Surekha Nair Social Worker, Illawarra Shoalhaven Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Service, NSW, Australlia
  • V. Indiramma Associate Professor (Retd. ), Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, India
  • Satish Chandra Girimaji Professor and Head, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, India
  • Renjith R Pillai Assistant Professor, Dept. of Social Work, Central University of Kerala, India

Abstract

Introduction: Felt needs of primary caregivers of adolescents with intellectual disabilities (AWID) with regard to sexuality issues has been an under researched area. The present study aimed to develop scientific knowledge in this area. This study gave a better insight into the less spoken area of sexuality among adolescents with intellectual disability, especially in the Indian context.
Methodology: An exploratory design was adopted for this study which involved analysing the review of the literature, 20 unstructured interviews, 35 structured individual interviews, 10 key person interviews and 4 focus group discussions with 16 participants.  
Result: The specific concerns of parents with regard to educating sexuality issues to their Intellectually Disabled adolescents were identified.
Conclusion: The findings emphasised the need for adequate knowledge attitude and practice among the parents in order to deal with the sexuality issues of adolescents with intellectual disability. This also laid the base for developing suitable tools and intervention program for this population.  


Keywords: Adolescents, sexuality, intellectual disability, needs, parents
Published
Aug 30, 2017
How to Cite
NAIR, Surekha et al. Sexuality in Adolescents with Intellectual disability: Felt Needs of Parents. Indian Journal of Psychiatric Social Work, [S.l.], p. Epub, aug. 2017. ISSN 0302-1610. Available at: <http://pswjournal.org/index.php/ijpsw/article/view/42>. Date accessed: 24 sep. 2017.
Section
Original Research Papers