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Thursday, December 14 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
An Analysis of Parent/Guardian Components of Sex Ed Curriculums for Adolescents with Intellectual Disabilities LIMITED

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Sexuality is a tough topic to address with all adolescents, but can be even more challenging with adolescents who also have an intellectual disability. When discussing barriers to teaching sex education to individuals with intellectual disabilities, service providers mention lack of time and lack of training, but also underscore the impact that the family members culture, beliefs, and involvement have on the process (Murphy et al., 2015). Family members are a very important resource when discussing sexuality, and one that is often overlooked or ignored. The focus tends to be more on instructional content (Eastgate et al., 2012), rather than the impact of who is delivering the information. A literature and curriculum review will be presented to explores parent and guardian involvement in sex education teaching and within sex education curricula. The review focuses on three key features: parents' perceived level of involvement, how sex education curricula involves parents (e.g. handouts or homework to be done at home), and the perceived role parents play in teaching sex education. Research gaps in these areas will be discussed. Additionally, the impact that this knowledge has on curricula implementation, and next steps for further understanding of family member involvement in the teaching of sex education to adolescents with intellectual disabilities will also be discussed.


Thursday December 14, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Imperial Ballroom, Salon A 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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