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ERIC Number: EJ1042646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
The Experiences of Intimate Relationships by People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Qualitative Study
Rushbrooke, Elizabeth; Murray, Craig; Townsend, Samantha
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v27 n6 p531-541 Nov 2014
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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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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