Parents of children with an intellectual disability want to participate in the sexuality education of their offspring. Yet, they believe that this task is a difficult challenge to accomplish effectively. That is why this text focuses on the training needs of ten parents of students from a high school that specializes in mild intellectual disability. During a focus group meeting, participants had the opportunity to express their concerns about their children's sexuality but also about their own needs in terms of support to enable them to be better at fulfilling their role as sexuality educators. The comments received were analyzed using a systemic approach to highlight their training needs based on the description of current situations. The main outcome of this meeting is that parents perceive their children as vulnerable beings that must ensure sexual competence to know how to act in sexual situations. A critical analysis of parents’ needs questions their educational intentions in order to provide training that focuses on pragmatic goals with humanistic goals.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Sexual education, Intellectual disability, Parents, Training needs, Pragmatic and humanist goals
|☆|| La version en français de cet article, publiée dans l’édition imprimée de la revue, est également disponible en ligne : http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sexol.2013.09.001.