The right to sexual health: a pilot study on sex education and young people with intellectual disabilities

A/Prof. Lotta Löfgren-Mårtenson

In Sweden sex education has been compulsory since 1955. However, access to this still seems to be insufficient in special schools. Worries about unwanted pregnancies, sexual abuse and sexual risk situations make the surrounding unsecure about what, how and who are most supposed to deal with the subject.  Also, a heteronormative norm in sex education makes young gay people with ID to be an invisible group. In addition, stereotyped gender norms where girls are supposed to be oriented towards love and relationships and boys towards sexuality make it harder for young people with ID to find a more nuanced way to act.

 

Recorded June 12-16, 2011; 20th WAS World Congress for Sexual Health
Forging the Future: Sexual Health for the 21th Century, Glasgow, UK
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A/Prof. Lotta Löfgren-Mårtenson

Associate Professor Löfgren-Mårtenson, Faculty of Health and Society with Sexological Alignement, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.

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