Sexuality and intellectual disability

Joke Johanna Maria Theodora Stoffelen

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People with intellectual disabilities have sexual wishes, needs and desires. This study examines this comprehensive, complex and sensitive matter. We discovered that this group does not necessarily have sexual rights. They are confronted not only with overprotection and limitations imposed by their environment but also with their own lack of skills and knowledge. There is a strong tendency to focus on the negative instead of the positive side of the matter, such as an improved quality of life. Our study focuses on what people find important themselves. In order to do so, we discuss this matter with them. We also pay attention to sexual diversity. In science, LBGTs with intellectual disabilities are an underexposed group. They encounter stigmatisation, prejudice and relational problems. In addition, they lack adequate support.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Curfs, Leopold, Supervisor
  • Kok, Gerjo, Supervisor
Award date11 Jul 2018
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789493019003
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • sexuality
  • sexual rights
  • sexual health
  • people with intellectual disabilities
  • support plans
  • LBGT

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