A little knowledge
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A little knowledge

Karen McKenzie Consultant clinical psychologist, East Lothian
Edith Matheson Trainee clinical psychologists, East Lothian
Shona Patrick Trainee clinical psychologists, East Lothian
Kerry McKaskie Trainee clinical psychologist, The Child and Family Team in Londonderry
George Murray Consultant clinical psychologist, Galashiels

What do clients know about aspects of sexual behaviour? Karen Mckenzie and colleagues investigated

In recent years there has been a growing body of literature on the need for sex education for individuals who have a learning disability. This stems from a belief in the right of all individuals to knowledge which allows them to express their sexuality in constructive and fulfilling ways (McCabe 1993). However, the sexuality of people with a learning disability is often viewed more negatively than that of the general population (Bailey and Sines 1998) and is increasingly linked with issues such as sexual abuse and sexual offending. Evidence that individuals with a learning disability are particularly vulnerable to abuse, often perpetrated by another individual with a learning disability (Thompson 1997), has led to the investigation of the role of sex education in this area.

Learning Disability Practice. 3, 3,13-15. doi: 10.7748/ldp2000.09.3.3.13.c1432

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