The Importance of Romantic Love to People with Learning Disabilities

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Bates, C, Terry, LM and Popple, K (2016). The Importance of Romantic Love to People with Learning Disabilities. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. 45 (1), pp. 64-72.
AuthorsBates, C, Terry, LM and Popple, K
Abstract

A hermeneutic phenomenological study, guided by the theory of Van Manen(Researching lived experience, New York, The State University of New York Press,1990) was conducted using interviews with eleven people with learning disabilities examining the importance of romantic love. The analysis revealed that love was very important to them, specifically the companionship and support a loving partner provided. The physical expression of love by a partner was also valued highly, especially kissing and cuddling. Most participants had experienced some form of abuse, but it appeared that the love of a partner was reparative and they were able to form satisfying relationships. Participants’ narratives highlighted the central role staff play in supporting them to fulfil their romantic needs. The romantic relationship needs of people with learning disabilities were examined in relation to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The hierarchy was revised to reflect the value of having a loving relationship to people with learning disabilities and to identify the support they required to facilitate and maintain this.

KeywordsLearning disability; Love; Maslow’s hierarchy of needs; Relationships; 1303 Specialist Studies In Education; Rehabilitation
Year2016
JournalBritish Journal of Learning Disabilities
Journal citation45 (1), pp. 64-72
PublisherWiley
ISSN1354-4187
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/bld.12177
Publication dates
Print02 Dec 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited24 May 2017
Accepted17 Oct 2016
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC 4.0
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