People with intellectual disabilities struggle to have a sexual encounter: a Chinese cultural context investigation

Lam, Angus, Yau, Matthew, Franklin, Richard C., and Leggat, Peter A. (2022) People with intellectual disabilities struggle to have a sexual encounter: a Chinese cultural context investigation. Sexuality and Disability, 40. pp. 245-260.

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People with intellectual disabilities share the same human need for affectionate and intimate relationships as people without a disability. Limited research has investigated sexual issues and concerns among adults with intellectual disabilities, including dating, intimate relationships, and marriage. This study employed Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to identify the understanding and needs regarding sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities. Five people with mild grade intellectual disabilities participated in face-to-face interviews in which they discussed their struggle to have romantic relationships and sexual encounters. Their “understanding” and “doing” on sex issues were identified. The lack of adequate sex education and Chinese culture potentially impact people with intellectual disabilities’ beliefs and behaviors on sexuality. Various types of intervention were discussed. Further research is necessary to understand the cultural context of the challenges and experiences regarding sexuality faced by people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Item ID: 73605
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-6717
Keywords: Intellectual disabilities, Sexuality, Chinese culture
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Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2022.
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2022 00:08
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420104 Occupational therapy @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420318 People with disability @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200104 Prevention of human diseases and conditions @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200599 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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