Partner Selection for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

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Bates, C, Terry, LM and Popple, K (2016). Partner Selection for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 30 (4), pp. 602-611. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12254
AuthorsBates, C, Terry, LM and Popple, K
Abstract

BACKGROUND: The aim of this research was to understand the characteristics that adults with intellectual disabilities look for in a partner. There have been numerous studies that have explored partner selection for people without intellectual disabilities, but no research that specifically identified the traits valued in a partner by people with intellectual disabilities. METHOD: In-depth interviews were conducted with eleven participants across two UK sites. All participants were adults with an intellectual disability who had been in a relationship with a partner for over a year. The narratives were analysed utilizing hermeneutic phenomenology, guided by the theory of Van Manen (1990). RESULTS: The findings highlighted that, regardless of age, participant's relationships typically developed within a segregated environment for people with intellectual disabilities over the past 10 years. People with intellectual disabilities expressed a wish to be loved, to be treated kindly and to have companionship. However, they did not place high value on attributes such as financial security, social status or intelligence. CONCLUSIONS: The research demonstrated how poorly integrated people with intellectual disabilities are within mainstream society. Desired characteristics and expectations for participant's relationships were rooted in a shared history and culture, which was shaped by their intellectual disability and support needs.

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Keywordsintellectual disability; partner selection; relationships; 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Science; 1607 Social Work; Rehabilitation
Year2016
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Journal citation30 (4), pp. 602-611
PublisherWiley
ISSN1468-3148
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12254
Web address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jar.12254
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Accepted29 Feb 2016
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