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Risk of forced marriage amongst people with learning disabilities in the UK: Perspectives of South Asian carers

McCarthy, Michelle, Clawson, Rachael, Patterson, Anne, Fyson, Rachel, Khan, Luthfa (2020) Risk of forced marriage amongst people with learning disabilities in the UK: Perspectives of South Asian carers. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, . ISSN 1360-2322. (doi:10.1111/jar.12798) (KAR id:82746)

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Abstract

Background: People with intellectual disabilities are at increased risk of forced marriage in comparison to those without intellectual disabilities. In the UK this risk is particularly, though not exclusively, associated with South Asian communities and is linked to the desire to secure long-term care. Method: Focus groups and semi-structured interviews were undertaken with South Asian parents and family carers (n=22) of adults with intellectual disability and the resultant data thematically analysed. Results: Although securing care for their intellectually disabled son or daughter was identified as a key motivator for forced marriage, other important themes also emerged. These included not only cultural and religious beliefs about disability and marriage, but also limited understanding of relevant laws. Factors militating against forced marriage were also identified, including fears of abuse and neglect. Conclusions: The implications for the provision of services and the need for improved access to information on forced marriage of people with intellectual disabilities are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jar.12798
Uncontrolled keywords: Forced marriage; intellectual disability; South Asian carers; capacity and consent to marry; ethnicity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
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: 03 Sep 2020 10:49 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/82746 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McCarthy, Michelle: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1358-2516
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