Supporting the sexual health of college students with IDD: A call for trainings for inclusive postsecondary education program staff

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Lindsey Ruth Oakes (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the sexual health needs, beliefs, and access to resources for support staff of students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) in an inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) program. Sixteen support staff from an IPSE program in the Southeast United States were recruited. Online surveys containing open-ended and Likert scale items were administered. Staff reported that students had limited sexual health knowledge. Students and staff commonly felt uncomfortable discussing sexual health topics. A majority of the staff had not attended any sexual health trainings. IPSE programs lack the necessary sexual health policies for staff to effectively address students’ sexual health questions.

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Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education, 1(2), 1-13
Language: English
Date: 2019
sexual health, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, college students, support staff

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