Navigating puberty with special needs teenagers: empowering parents through a sexuality education workshop

Padma A. Rahman, and Akehsan Dahlan, and Nur Atiqah Azman, and Selamat, S. (2023) Navigating puberty with special needs teenagers: empowering parents through a sexuality education workshop. e-Bangi Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 20 (4). pp. 384-392. ISSN 1823-884x


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Adolescence is a crucial phase of development, marked by significant physical, emotional, and social changes. Navigating these changes for teenagers with special needs can be particularly challenging. Addressing these topics is essential to ensure holistic well-being and healthy development of teenagers with special needs. This workshop aimed to equip parents with the necessary knowledge, skills, and strategies to navigate conversations about puberty and sexuality effectively. This paper is to present the findings of this workshop focused on puberty and sexuality education for parents of teenagers with special needs. A diverse group of parents of teenagers with special needs were recruited through Facebook groups, special schools, and community organizations. Prior to the workshop participants were invited to answer questions regarding their concerns about their special needs child sexuality. A total of 150 parents responded to this qualitative survey. The workshop includes a slot for a sexuality education lecture and a hands-on practical session focusing on managing menstruation and masturbation. A total of 69 participants for the workshop were required to answer pre and post-questionnaires – to determine the knowledge, perceptions, dedication, and willingness in delivering sexual information to teenagers with special needs.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Sexual education; Puberty; Teenagers; Sexuality; Special needs
Journal:e-Bangi ; Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan
ID Code:23061
Deposited By: Mr. Mohd Zukhairi Abdullah
Deposited On:14 Feb 2024 06:51
Last Modified:19 Feb 2024 06:45

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