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Laura Caspar

Caspar, L. (1999, May). A sexuality education program for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers.
Mentor: Dr. Laraine M. Glidden


A sexuality education program was provided to adults with developmental disabilities (DD) and their residential caregiving staff to examine whether their sexual awareness and knowledge could be enhanced. A curriculum including a pretest posttest design was developed, then modified for use with each of the two participant groups. Utilizing this curriculum, two concurrent multisession programs were offered; one included twelve adults with (DD), the other targeted their caregiving staff. A small N rendered statistical analysis of the staff program inappropriate. However, an ANOVA demonstrated that the program did improve sexual knowledge of adults with DD, F [1,10] = 20.80. A T test showed that this groups’ opinions and values were also changed.

Read the paper (download the pdf)
Birth Control Handout
STD Handout

Caspar, L.A. & Glidden, L.M. (2001). Sexuality education for adults with developmental disabilities. Education and Training in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, 36, 172-177.