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Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

ISSN: 1753-0180
Currently published as: Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

Online from: 2007

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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Sex, relationships and the law for people with learning disability

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Title:Sex, relationships and the law for people with learning disability
Author(s):Ian Hall, (East London Foundation NHS Trust, University College London), Evan Yacoub, (South West London, St George's NHS Trust)
Citation:Ian Hall, Evan Yacoub, (2008) "Sex, relationships and the law for people with learning disability", Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Vol. 2 Iss: 2, pp.19 - 24
Keywords:Education, Gender, Law, Learning disability, Sex, Sexual orientation
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/17530180200800013 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:The article reviews the policy, legislation and literature on sex and relationships for people with learning disability, through a search of electronic databases, journals and other resources. It reviews the rights of people with learning disabilities to a sexual life and their views of service responses, sexual offences legislation and the link between sexual knowledge and practice. It also explores sexual orientation and preference among people with learning disabilities, differences between the genders and sexual offending, including consideration of ‘victimless’ offences. It concludes that the balance between empowering and protecting people with learning disabilities is challenging but important. Interventions to promote safer, healthier sexual behaviour need to address more than improving knowledge. We need to find out more about what people with learning disabilities think about their sexual experiences and how they are supported in this area.

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