Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 38: Sexual Development, Sexual Health, Needs, and Lived Experiences (ebook)


Chapter 38 of the book – Sexual Development, Sexual Health, Needs, and Lived Experiences

Diana Wiegerink, Jan Willem Gorter, and Marij Roebroeck

In this chapter we discuss the information on romantic relationships and sexuality that is available in the published literature and the lessons learned from a series of studies in the Netherlands. We address the relevant scientific background, assessments that can be done, and a range of management approaches that are available. We conclude by identifying gaps in our knowledge and practice, and make recommendations for future directions.

About the complete book

This landmark title considers all aspects of cerebral palsy from the causes to clinical problems and their implications for individuals. An international team of experts provides clinicians and researchers with key information on the mechanisms underlying impairments in movement, development, cognition, communication, vision, feeding, behaviour, sexuality, and musculoskeletal deformities.  They present a wide range of person-centred assessment approaches, including clinical evaluation, measurement scales, neuroimaging and gait analysis. The principles of multi-disciplinary management are presented, in terms of therapist intervention, medication and surgery. The perspective of the book spans the lifelong course of cerebral palsy, taking into account worldwide differences in socio-economic and cultural factors. Many chapters are illustrated with clinical vignettes enabling direct translation into practice. Full integrated colour, with extensive cross-referencing make this a highly attractive and useful reference.

Readership: Paediatric neurologists, developmental paediatricians, rehabilitation doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, child psychiatrists, physiotherapists speech and language therapists psychologists, occupational therapists and other health and educational professionals.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series.