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ERIC Number: ED548869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 355
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2677-5722-7
The Social-Sexual Voice of Adults with Mild Intellectual Disabilities: A Qualitative Case Study
Turner, George W.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Widener University
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how adults with mild intellectual disabilities live out their social-sexual lives. Adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) are often assumed to be asexual or incapable of having sexual lives, resulting in a paucity of research-based knowledge. Research and educational efforts with this population have focused largely on basic sexuality education and abuse prevention, defaulting to safety over the possibilities of human connectedness. This case study, informed by heuristic inquiry and guided by an emancipatory research paradigm, was an investigation of self-reported views, values, and desires of five adults with mild intellectual disabilities regarding relationships, romance, and sexuality. Data sources included observations and a series of interviews, which gave participants the chance to give voice to their social-sexual experiences. Data were analyzed utilizing both deductive and inductive coding along with narrative analysis. Results indicated that adults with ID value a life filled with relational passion and connectedness. They desire rich, pleasure-driven social-sexual experiences beyond the typical abuse prevention focus of disability services. Case studies of the five participants are based on their individual perceptions and experiences. Cross-case findings are presented in these eleven areas: 1. Sexual Attitude, 2. Sexual Self-advocacy, 3. Sexual Self-identity, 4. Sexual Experience, 5. Sex Education, 6. Sexual Script, 7. Sexual Vocabulary, 8. Sexual/Relationship Support, 9. Sensuality, 10. Intimacy, and 11. Reproduction. This study offers a more psychologically and socially-aware perspective in an effort to dispel mainstream society's stereotypical portrayal of disability and sexuality. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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