CanFASD: FASD and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour

The Public Health Agency of Canada suggests that individuals with developmental disabilities should receive sexual health education which is specifically informed by the person’s needs and disability. They recommend an approach which includes the following elements: “1) a deeper understanding that is relevant to their specific health needs and concerns; 2) the confidence, motivation and personal insight needed to act on that knowledge; 3) the skills necessary to enhance sexual health and to avoid negative sexual health outcomes; and 4) a safe, secure and inclusive environment that is conducive to promoting optimal sexual health”.

The occurrence of inappropriate sexual behaviours (ISB) is an adverse life outcome that may be
experienced by individuals with FASD. The purpose of this paper is to highlight an overview of
the current existing research conducted in this area and offer implications for individuals,
families, caregivers, and policy makers.

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