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The experiences of intimate relationships by people with intellectual disabilities: a qualitative study.
J Appl Res Intellect Disabil 2014; 27(6):531-41JA

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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Lancaster University, Lancaster, Lancashire, England.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24478268

Citation

Rushbrooke, Elizabeth, et al. "The Experiences of Intimate Relationships By People With Intellectual Disabilities: a Qualitative Study." Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities : JARID, vol. 27, no. 6, 2014, pp. 531-41.
Rushbrooke E, Murray C, Townsend S. The experiences of intimate relationships by people with intellectual disabilities: a qualitative study. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2014;27(6):531-41.
Rushbrooke, E., Murray, C., & Townsend, S. (2014). The experiences of intimate relationships by people with intellectual disabilities: a qualitative study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities : JARID, 27(6), pp. 531-41. doi:10.1111/jar.12091.
Rushbrooke E, Murray C, Townsend S. The Experiences of Intimate Relationships By People With Intellectual Disabilities: a Qualitative Study. J Appl Res Intellect Disabil. 2014;27(6):531-41. PubMed PMID: 24478268.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The experiences of intimate relationships by people with intellectual disabilities: a qualitative study. AU - Rushbrooke,Elizabeth, AU - Murray,Craig, AU - Townsend,Samantha, Y1 - 2014/01/30/ PY - 2014/01/07/accepted PY - 2014/1/31/entrez PY - 2014/1/31/pubmed PY - 2015/6/13/medline KW - intellectual disability KW - relationships KW - sexuality SP - 531 EP - 41 JF - Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities : JARID JO - J Appl Res Intellect Disabil VL - 27 IS - 6 N2 - 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. SN - 1468-3148 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24478268/The_experiences_of_intimate_relationships_by_people_with_intellectual_disabilities:_a_qualitative_study_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12091 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -