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Attitudes to Sexuality Questionnaire (Individuals with an Intellectual Disability): Scale development and community norms

Cuskelly, Monica, Gilmore, Linda,

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2007

The aim of this study was to continue the development of a recently published questionnaire and to establish normative data for researching the community attitudes toward the sexual expression of adults with an intellectual disability,

The Attitudes to Sexuality Questionnaire (Individuals with an Intellectual Disability) was modified slightly and questions about hypothesised stereotypical views of sexuality were added. A community sample of 261 adults completed this modified questionnaire.

Factor analysis revealed one general factor associated with sexual rights, plus three other factors related to parenting, non‐reproductive sexual behaviour, and self‐control. There were few differences in attitudes towards male and female sexuality, and attitudes were only slightly less positive for individuals with an ID than for those without a disability. Views about parenting by people with an ID were more cautious than for other aspects of sexuality.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Location : International

Domain/s: Social relationships

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