Staff characteristics and attitudes towards the sexuality of people with intellectual disability

  • Meaney-Tavares R
  • Gavidia-Payne S
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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The identification of individual staff characteristics that have a relationship with specific attitudes of staff caring for people with intellectual disability (ID) may enable targeted training and better support. METHOD: Sixty-six participants from services for people with ID in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia, completed a survey, including the Attitudes to Sexuality Questionnaire (Individuals with an Intellectual Disability; Cuskelly & Gilmore, 2007). RESULTS: Staff attitudes towards the sexuality of people with ID were quite positive. Age, program agency position, and training uptake were all associated with positive staff attitudes. CONCLUSION: Targeted training programs in sexuality can benefit direct care workers in general, and older staff more specifically. Emphasis is warranted in the area of training for managing male sexual behaviours.

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  • Attitudes
  • Characteristics
  • Intellectual disability
  • Sexuality
  • Staff

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Authors

  • Rebecca Meaney-Tavares

  • Susana Gavidia-Payne

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