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Staff member's views and attitudes to supporting people with an Intellectual Disability: A multi-method investigation of intimate relationships and sexuality

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dc.contributor.author Deffew, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Coughlan, Barry
dc.contributor.author Burke, Tom
dc.contributor.author Rogers, Elaine
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-26T07:59:30Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-26T07:59:30Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10111
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Staff member's views and attitudes can have a significant impact on people with an intellectual disability. This study explores staff attitudes and experiences of people with an intellectual disability's expression of relationships and sexuality across service providers in Ireland. Methods: Staff (n = 86) from service providers (n = 5) completed the Attitudes to Sexuality Questionnaire-Individuals with an Intellectual Disability (ASQ-ID) and open-ended questions. Results: Multidirectional significant differences were noted on staff attitudes to sexuality based on demographic factors, that is, age, education, as well as non demographics, for example, attendance at training, and active practising of religion. Qualitatively, three themes emerged: “Unsupported and Frustration”; “Taboo Subject Matter” and “Vulnerability and Access to Education”. Staff reported a lack of service supports, dominant conservative cultures and people with an intellectual disability's vulnerability. Conclusion: This study highlights the need for improved service practices and enhanced provisions for staff and the people with an intellectual disability that they support. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities;pp. 1–10
dc.subject intellectual disability en_US
dc.subject relationships en_US
dc.title Staff member's views and attitudes to supporting people with an Intellectual Disability: A multi-method investigation of intimate relationships and sexuality en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/jar.12897
dc.contributor.sponsor IReL Consortium en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor WOA Institution: University of Limerick en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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