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Qualitative study on the factors and role of residential staff that influence and effect the support provided to adults with intellectual disabilities regarding the expression of their sexuality
  1. Michael Brown
  1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Michael Brown, Queens University Belfast School of Nursing and Midwifery, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK; m.j.brown{at}

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Commentary on: Leclerc MJ, Morin D. Factors affecting residential staff’s role in supporting the sexuality of adults with intellectual disabilities. J Appl Res Intellect 2021. doi:10.1111/jar.12935

Implications for practice and research

  • Future research should identify support workers’ views and perceptions of the sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities.

  • An organisational framework to guide support workers is required to develop their knowledge and practice regarding sexuality and people with intellectual disabilities.


There has been growing attention on the sexuality needs and concerns of people with intellectual disabilities, set within the wider context of their fundamental right to express their sexuality.1 The work of Leclerc and Morin2 highlights the important role of residential support workers in supporting people with intellectual disabilities in the expression of their sexuality. The findings accord the wider research evidence and …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.