Interventions for inappropriate sexual behavior in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A brief review [2020]

Although prevalence rates vary, 6% to 28% of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDDs) engage in inappropriate sexual behavior (ISB), ranging from public masturbation to sexually aggressive behavior. Along with increased risk for contacting the criminal justice system, people with IDDs who display ISB may encounter negative social consequences, restricted community access and barriers to independence, and a variety of counter‐therapeutic outcomes. The purpose of the present review is to highlight recent, efficacious behavior‐analytic treatments for ISB in individuals with IDDs. Ethical considerations and areas for future research will be discussed.

John Michael Falligant & Sacha T. Pence
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Volume 53, Issue 3, Summer 2020