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Women with intellectual disability: their sexual lives in the 21st Century

McCarthy, Michelle (2014) Women with intellectual disability: their sexual lives in the 21st Century. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 39 (2). pp. 124-131. ISSN 1366-8250. (doi:10.3109/13668250.2014.894963) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:67320)

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Abstract

Background The aim of this paper was to give an overview of, and a commentary on, research demonstrating what women with intellectual disability are saying about their intimate relationships and sexual lives in the 21st century.

Method A literature search was undertaken for qualitative studies, published in English since 2011, in which the authors spoke directly and at length to women with intellectual disability. The method was based on the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (http://www.casp-uk.net).

Results Five studies, from the UK, USA, and Australia, were found to fit the criteria. The numbers of participants in the studies ranged from 9 to 17. All involved women with mild to moderate intellectual disability.

Discussion Though not universal, it is negative perceptions, negative experiences, thwarted ambitions, and abuse that dominate the narratives of the women with intellectual disability when they are asked about their sexual lives.

Conclusion Women with intellectual disability need help in developing their self-esteem, sex education that emphasises female sexual pleasure and assessing risk, as well as peer support. Wider structural, social, and service-level changes are also needed, and these are discussed, along with suggestions for enhancing women's ability to exercise a greater degree of control over their sexual lives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3109/13668250.2014.894963
Uncontrolled keywords: sexuality, women, learning disability, intellectual disability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Michelle McCarthy
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2018 17:20 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67320 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McCarthy, Michelle: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1358-2516
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