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Commentary on “gender disorders in learning disabilities: a systematic review”

Author:
THOMPSON David
Journal article citation:
Tizard Learning Disability Review, 19(4), 2014, pp.166-169.
Publisher:
Emerald

Commenting on a review by Ellena Wood and Neel Halder where the gender of people with learning disabilities is contensted, this paper begins by taking a step back by exploring what is gender. The author discusses the gender identity of people with learning disabilities as a precursor to considerations of gender dysphoria, supported by illustrations from the literature. A limited amount of research on gender identity for people with learning disabilities is available. It ends by highlighting some of the key findings of the review which could benefit from further consideration. The author calls for a need to look at how men with Klinefelter's syndrome and learning disabilities are supported in relation to common female sexual characteristics. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Old before their time

Author:
THOMPSON David
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 11.10.01, 2001, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

Investigates why people with learning disabilities are misplaced in nursing homes.

Book

Sex and the 3 Rs: rights, risks and responsibilities: a sex education pack for working with people with learning disabilities

Authors:
McCARTHY Michelle, THOMPSON David
Publisher:
Pavilion
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
156p., 65p., ill.
Place of publication:
Brighton
Edition:
Rev. ed.

A sex education package for working with people with learning difficulties. This pack contains ideas and materials for delivering sex education covering recent policy and legislative changes. Like its predecessor, this training resource is aimed primarily at those working with adults with learning disabilities, however parts of it can be adapted for use with younger people. It contains ideas and materials covering a wide range of specific issues and problems for direct sex education work, both on an individual and group basis. Containing many suggestions for wider service responses, this pack aims to assist staff in providing realistic support to people with learning disabilities.

Journal article

Teaching difficulties

Authors:
McCARTHY Michelle, THOMPSON David
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 28.5.92, 1992, pp.ii-iii.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Explains how to teach people with learning difficulties about safer sex and the dangers of HIV and AIDS, stressing the need to appreciate power imbalances in sexual relationships.

Journal article

Commentary on “Growing older together: ageing and people with learning disabilities and their family carers”

Author:
THOMPSON David
Journal article citation:
Tizard Learning Disability Review, 18(3), 2013, pp.120-123.
Publisher:
Emerald

This commentary aims to support Carol Walker and Cally Ward's paper by directing readers to work which could guide their practice with older people with learning disabilities and ageing family carers. It reviews selected initiatives to support older people with learning disabilities and their family carers over the past decade. Examples from the author's personal contacts are also used to illustrate the discussion. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Sexual offences - no decision is a decision

Author:
THOMPSON David
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 20(2), November 2006, pp.12-14.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

It is ethically indefensible to ignore suspected sexual offences committed by men with learning difficulties. Past research had found that learning disability services often failed to make decisions precisely because they were so difficult.  This article looks at the issues and considers whether research and legal developments, particularly the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, provide a more robust and defendable basis for the decision required. The author concludes that the current framework had made decision making easier.

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Policy into practice: growing older with a learning disability

Author:
THOMPSON David
Journal article citation:
Research Policy and Planning, 21(3), 2003, pp.71-78.
Publisher:
Social Services Research Group

Identifies the major support needs for older people with learning difficulties. Goes on to discuss the impact of two recent policy documents in England: the 'National Service Framework for Older People' and 'Valuing people: a new strategy for learning disability in the 21st Century' on the lives of older people with learning difficulties.

Journal article

Misplaced and forgotten: people with learning disabilities in residential homes for older people

Author:
THOMPSON David
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 5(1), February 2002, pp.19-22.
Publisher:
Emerald

A significant number of people with learning disabilities live in nursing and residential homes for older people. Based on research undertaken by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, this article describes why they entered these services and their lives once there. It raises serious concerns about their quality of life and challenges learning disability services to meet better the needs of people with learning disabilities as they age.

Journal article

Futures planning for people with learning disabilities living with older family carers

Author:
THOMPSON David
Journal article citation:
Managing Community Care, 9(2), April 2001, pp.3-7.
Publisher:
Pavilion

People with learning disabilities are increasingly outliving their parents. To avoid traumatic and inappropriate transitions from the family home in later life, services need to improve their relationships with families. Provides practical examples of how families are being supported to face the future.

Journal article

Not such an 'ordinary' relationship: the role of women support staff in relation to men with learning disabilities who have difficult sexual behavior

Authors:
THOMPSON David, CLARE Isabel, BROWN Hilary
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 12(4), September 1997, pp.573-592.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

Brings together preliminary data on the management of men with learning disabilities who have unacceptable/abusive sexual behaviour patterns with a small pilot study which specifically explores the roles of women support workers in relation to difficult sexual behaviour. The studies explore with staff the boundaries of what is considered acceptable sexual behaviour and how breaches of these are responded to within services.

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