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This is a handy guide to the topics you need to know about whether studying or working in the field of learning disabilities. The A-Z format allows you to “dip in” and quickly find relevant information on topics ranging from Autism to Rights and from Advocacy to Challenging Behaviors.

Sexuality
Sexuality
MargaretDouglas, RachaelWood and JudithSim
Definition

Sexuality has been defined by the WHO as ‘a core dimension of being human which includes sex, gender, sexual and gender identity, sexual orientation, eroticism, emotional attachment/love and reproduction. It is experienced or expressed in thoughts, fantasies, desires, beliefs, attitudes, values, activities, practices, roles and relationships. Sexuality is a result of the interplay of biological, psychological, socio-economic, cultural, ethical and religious/spiritual factors. While sexuality can include all of these aspects, not all of these dimensions need to be experienced or expressed’.

Closely related is the concept of sexual health, which may be defined as ‘the experience of the ongoing process of physical, psychological, and socio-cultural well being related to sexuality’ (WHO, 2000). Sexual health is not merely the absence of dysfunction or ...

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