The attitudes of medium-secure unit staff toward the sexuality of adults with learning disabilities

Linda Yool, Peter E. Langdon, Kiran Garner

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Abstract

The attitudes of staff toward the sexuality of adults with learning disabilities within a medium-secure hospital within the United Kingdom were examined using qualitative research methods. Four interviews were conducted with staff members of both sexes from differing occupations. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using a method adapted from Worthen and McNeill (1996). The analysis revealed that staff members generally held liberal attitudes with respect to the sexuality and masturbation. However, with respect to sexual intercourse, homosexual relationships, and the involvement of adults with learning disabilities in decisions regarding their own sexuality, less liberal attitudes were detected. Concern was also noted with respect to the attitudes of female staff members towards the sexuality of adults with learning disabilities who have committed sexual offences. Training issues were also identified and implications for the service were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-150
Number of pages14
JournalSexuality and Disability
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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