Not Such an 'Ordinary' Relationship: the role of women support staff in relation to men with learning disabilities who have difficult sexual behaviour

Thompson, David and Clare, Isabel C. H. and Brown, Hilary (1997) Not Such an 'Ordinary' Relationship: the role of women support staff in relation to men with learning disabilities who have difficult sexual behaviour. Disability & Society, 12 (4). pp. 573-592. ISSN 0968-7599. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper brings together some preliminary data on the management of men with learning disabilities who have unacceptable/abusive sexual behaviour patterns with a small pilot study which specifically explores the roles of women support workers in relation to difficult sexual behaviour. A specific focus on the behaviour of men with learning disabilities is justified because of consistent evidence that it is men, rather than women, service users who challenge services in this way. The studies explore with staff the boundaries of what is considered acceptable sexual behaviour and how breaches of these are responded to within services. One issue which we have chosen to highlight is the frequent exposure of women staff to the men's sexual behaviour, sometimes precipitated by the unusual relationship that exists between the two parties, and exacerbated try the lack of clear management guidance within the gendered hierarchies found in service agencies.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: T.J. Sango
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2009 15:22
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 14:05
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/17998 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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