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IJERPH, Vol. 19, Pages 12595: Sexual Self-Determination of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities—A Possible Philosophical Conceptualization and Resulting Practical Challenges (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)
 


(1) Background: Self-determination is one of the central values of many societies. Self-determination concerns many areas of life, including sexuality. Unfortunately, the sexuality of individuals with intellectual disabilities (IID) is often discriminated against, and even in their everyday care, sexuality is often given too little space, not least because of knowledge deficits of parents and staff. A practicable conceptualization of sexual self-determination is a prerequisite for helping IID to achieve self-determined sexuality. The aim of this paper is to formulate such an applicable conceptualization and to discuss related challenges. (2) Method: This paper uses Harry Frankfurt’s hierarchical conception of desires and the WHO definition of sexuality to develop a suitable understanding of sexual self-determination. (3) Results: The mentioned concepts offer promising tools to develop a conceptualization of sexual self-determination with high practical applicability. (4) Discussion: Sexual self-determination involves decision-making processes in relation to the different dimensions of sexuality. IID do need support to come to these decisions. Challenges that might be involved with such decision processes will be discussed.


 
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