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Making Connections and Building Confidence: A Study of Specialist Dating Agencies for People with Intellectual Disabilities

McCarthy, Michelle, Skillman, Karen Milne, Elson, Nicola, Bates, Claire, Forrester-Jones, Rachel, Hunt, Siobhan (2020) Making Connections and Building Confidence: A Study of Specialist Dating Agencies for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Sexuality and Disability, 38 . pp. 3-18. ISSN 0146-1044. (doi:10.1007/s11195-020-09619-2) (KAR id:79258)

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Abstract

Dating agencies are a small, but growing sector of social care provision for people with intellectual disabilities. The research reported here is the first to explore, with 10 specialist agencies in the UK, why they were set up, how they operate, the barriers and problems they encounter and their success or otherwise in facilitating relationships for people with intellectual disabilities. A strong case is made for the proliferation of such services.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s11195-020-09619-2
Uncontrolled keywords: dating, intellectual disabilities, United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences
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: 11 Dec 2019 09:46 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79258 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McCarthy, Michelle: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1358-2516
Bates, Claire: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7739-9986
Forrester-Jones, Rachel: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0379-8877
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