The experiences of intimate relationships by people with intellectual disabilities:a qualitative study

Rushbrooke, Elizabeth and Murray, Craig and Townsend, Samantha (2014) The experiences of intimate relationships by people with intellectual disabilities:a qualitative study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27 (6). pp. 531-541. ISSN 1360-2322

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Abstract

Background People with intellectual disabilities face attitudinal and service barriers when attempting to form intimate relationships. To date, their experiences and views are under-represented in the existing evidence base. Method The aim of this study was to carry out an interpretative phenomenological analysis exploring the experience of intimate relationships for nine adults with intellectual disabilities. Results Four main themes were identified: desiring relationships; expressing sexuality; having relationships; and who has control? Together these themes demonstrated that intimate relationships were desired and important to all participants, fulfilling a variety of their needs. In addition, participants faced a number of challenges related to intimate relationships. Conclusion The findings raise questions about how best to support people with intellectual disabilities with sexuality and intimate relationships. Implications for caregivers and services are discussed.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
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68330
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Deposited On:
24 Jan 2014 05:53
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Yes
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Published
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