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Women with Learning Disabilities – experiencing their sexuality in a healthy way

McCarthy, Michelle (2001) Women with Learning Disabilities – experiencing their sexuality in a healthy way. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 6 (1). pp. 16-21. ISSN 1359-5474. (doi:10.1108/13595474200100004) (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:67326)

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Abstract

This paper outlines some of the factors which are important in helping or hindering women with learning disabilities to experience their sexuality in a positive and healthy way. Based on direct experience, the paper presents the factors which must be present for women with learning disabilities to enjoy their sexuality: making choices, giving consent, receiving information, experiencing mutuality, experiencing pleasure, having self?esteem and having recourse to the law if abused. Conversely, the factors which need to be absent are coercion, oppression, guilt and shame, and unwanted physical consequences. The paper emphasises how important it is that women with learning disabilities and their supporters understand these factors.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/13595474200100004
Uncontrolled keywords: women, sexuality, learning disabilities
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 17:47 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67326 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McCarthy, Michelle: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1358-2516
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