Conditionally sexual: Men and teenage boys with moderate to profound intellectual disability

Nathan J. Wilson, Trevor R. Parmenter, Roger J. Stancliffe, Russell P. Shuttleworth

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This article presents qualitative research data about the sexuality of men and teenage boys with moderate to profound intellectual disability. Research findings pointed to a conditional construct of sexuality based within a biopsychosocial framework. The notion Conditionally Sexual represents the perceived limitations, within a rights-based discourse, of these men and teenage boys' sexuality. The limitations to person-centred service delivery from a policy vacuum in the area of sexuality and intellectual disability represents a major challenge for paid staff. We suggest that a move toward better understanding how to support such a conditional sexual construct will assist the development of a healthy masculine sexuality for men and boys with intellectual disability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-289
Number of pages15
JournalSexuality and Disability
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgments This article is based upon the Doctoral studies of the first author which were supported by a University Postgraduate Award (UPA) through the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney, plus a small grant from the Blue Mountains Health Trust. No restriction has been placed on free access to or publication of the research data.


  • Australia
  • Boys
  • Intellectual disability
  • Masculinity
  • Men
  • Research
  • Sexuality


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