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A masculine perspective of gendered topics in the research literature on males and females with intellectual disability

Wilson, N. J., Parmenter, T. R., Stancliffe, R. J., Shuttleworth, R. P, Parker, D.,

Academic Literature

2010

This article explores the notion of male social pathologies and makes some connections between mainstream gender theory about hegemonic masculinity and the current gendered discourse in intellectual disability research. Articles published in four disability journals were reviewed. Thematic differences were identified between articles that focused on males or females, with less research attention on male health compared with female health. A strong focus was evident on problematised male sexual behaviour. There is a distinct difference evident between articles that problematise males and articles for females encouraging health promotion that suggests a disparate focus on male social pathologies. A deeper contextual analysis of unique sex differences in research is proposed.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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