Social-sexual education in adolescents with behavioral neurogenetic syndromes

Maya Plaks, Ronit Argaman, Mike Stawski, Tova Qwiat, Dan Polak, Doron Gothelf

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Background: Adolescents with developmental disabilities have unmet needs in their sexual and social knowledge and skills. We conducted a sexual social group intervention in adolescents with neurogenetic syndromes, mainly with Williams and velocardi of acial syndromes and their parents. Method: Ten adolescents with neurogenetic syndromes and 14 parents participated in a Social Sexual Group Education Program. The program was delivered in 10 biweekly sessions to the adolescents and their parents separately. Results: The focus of psychoeducation in both groups was the adolescents' self-identification, acceptance of the developmental disability, independence, establishment of friendship and intimate relationship, sexual knowledge and sexual development, and safety skills. Change in independent activities of adolescents and in their concept of "Friend" was measured. Conclusions: Social and sexual education programs are of the utmost importance for adolescents with neurogenetic developmental disabilities. These programs should start already before adolescence and follow the children into young adulthood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010


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