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The Sexual and Parenting Rights of People with Physical and Psychical Disabilities: Attitudes of Italians and Socio-Demographic Factors Involved in Recognition and Denial

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IRCCS Fondazione Santa Lucia, Via Ardeatina 306, 00179 Roma, Italy
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Italian Association of Applied Sexology and Psychology (AISPA), Via Marostica 35, 20146 Milano, Italy
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Superior School of Clinical Sexology of Turin, Via Unione Sovietica 335, 10135 Torino, Italy
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Institute of Clinical Sexology (ISC), Via Savoia 78, 00198 Roma, Italy
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Italian Center of Sexology (CIS), Via Scipione Dal Ferro, 4, 40138 Bologna, Italy
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Research Group for Sexology, Via S. Sofia 78, 95123 Catania, Italy
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Interdisciplinary Centre for Research and Training in Sexology (CIRS), Via Angelo Ceppi di Bairolo 1/8, 16126 Genova, Italy
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Study Center for Affective and Sexual Disorders Treatment (DAS), Via G.T. Invrea 20/2, 16129 Genova, Italy
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Institute of Research and Training (IRF), Via Luigi Alamanni 23, 50123 Firenze, Italy
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World Association of Sexual Health, c/o Kristen Mark World Association for Sexual Health Secretariat 1300 S. 2nd Street, Suite 180, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA
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Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Via di Grottarossa 1035, 00185 Roma, Italy
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(2), 1017; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19021017
Received: 30 November 2021 / Revised: 8 January 2022 / Accepted: 11 January 2022 / Published: 17 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Sexual Health and Sexual Rights)
The sexual and parenting rights (SPRs) of people with disabilities (PwDs) are under-recognized. Sociodemographic factors may influence attitudes towards them. The aims of this study were: (1) to analyze the levels of agreement of a sample of Italian people with some SPRs of PwDs; (2) to inquire if the SPRs of people with psychical disabilities (PwPSYDs) were less recognized than those with physical disabilities (PwPHDs); (3) to verify if sociodemographic characteristics associated with under-recognition. An online anonymous survey was distributed using non-random sampling methods to conduct an inquiry into the level of agreement with statements regarding the SPRs of PwPHDs and PwPSYDs to have satisfying sexuality, to marry, and to adopt children. Answers from 973 Italian participants, aged 18–84 years (71.1% females) were analyzed. At least 70% of respondents declared in favor of the SPRs of PwPHDs. The SPRs of PwPSYDs were always subjected to higher under-recognition. Religiosity, male sex, higher age, and lower education were the factors most often associated with being against the SPRs of PwDs. Improved identification of the less tolerant respondents and the less recognized categories may allow for specific strategies for promoting the recognition of the SPRs for PwDs. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexual rights; physical disabilities; psychical disabilities; sexual minorities; societal attitudes sexual rights; physical disabilities; psychical disabilities; sexual minorities; societal attitudes
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Di Santo, S.G.; Colombo, M.; Silvaggi, M.; Gammino, G.R.; Fava, V.; Malandrino, C.; Nanini, C.; Rossetto, C.; Simone, S.; Eleuteri, S. The Sexual and Parenting Rights of People with Physical and Psychical Disabilities: Attitudes of Italians and Socio-Demographic Factors Involved in Recognition and Denial. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 1017. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19021017

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Di Santo SG, Colombo M, Silvaggi M, Gammino GR, Fava V, Malandrino C, Nanini C, Rossetto C, Simone S, Eleuteri S. The Sexual and Parenting Rights of People with Physical and Psychical Disabilities: Attitudes of Italians and Socio-Demographic Factors Involved in Recognition and Denial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(2):1017. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19021017

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Di Santo, Simona Gabriella, Margherita Colombo, Marco Silvaggi, Giorgia Rosamaria Gammino, Valentina Fava, Chiara Malandrino, Chiara Nanini, Cristina Rossetto, Sara Simone, and Stefano Eleuteri. 2022. "The Sexual and Parenting Rights of People with Physical and Psychical Disabilities: Attitudes of Italians and Socio-Demographic Factors Involved in Recognition and Denial" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 2: 1017. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19021017

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