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The Design, Content and Delivery of Relationship and Sexuality Education Programmes for People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review of the International Evidence

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland BT9 7BL, UK
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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland G12 0XH, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(20), 7568; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207568
Received: 25 September 2020 / Revised: 13 October 2020 / Accepted: 15 October 2020 / Published: 18 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Child and Adolescent Health Care)
There is growing empirical evidence regarding the relationship and sexuality experiences and needs of children, young people and adults with intellectual disabilities. A total of twelve papers met the inclusion criteria regarding relationship and sexuality education (RSE) programmes specific to the needs of this population. The preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (PRISMA) guidelines were followed and quality appraisal undertaken. The four themes identified were principles informing RSE programme development, design and content of RSE programmes, delivery of RSE programmes and evaluation of RSE programmes. The discussion presents areas that need to be addressed to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities, their families, carers and professionals are fully involved in the design and delivery of RSE programmes. Further research is required to identify the impact of the programmes and the sustained outcomes achieved. Recommendations are made regarding the activities required to enable the development of evidence-based and person-centred approaches to relationship and sexuality programmes. View Full-Text
Keywords: intimate relationships; sexuality; programme content; programme delivery; intellectual disabilities intimate relationships; sexuality; programme content; programme delivery; intellectual disabilities
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Brown, M.; McCann, E.; Truesdale, M.; Linden, M.; Marsh, L. The Design, Content and Delivery of Relationship and Sexuality Education Programmes for People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review of the International Evidence. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7568. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207568

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Brown M, McCann E, Truesdale M, Linden M, Marsh L. The Design, Content and Delivery of Relationship and Sexuality Education Programmes for People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review of the International Evidence. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(20):7568. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207568

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Brown, Michael; McCann, Edward; Truesdale, Maria; Linden, Mark; Marsh, Lynne. 2020. "The Design, Content and Delivery of Relationship and Sexuality Education Programmes for People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review of the International Evidence" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 20: 7568. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207568

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