Past, present and future: exploring the sexual identities of people with learning difficulties

Garbutt, RS 2012, 'Past, present and future: exploring the sexual identities of people with learning difficulties' , in: Sexualities: Past Reflections, Future Directions , Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences , Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 286-303.

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Abstract

People with learning difficulties in the United Kingdom will generally have a similar life expectancy to people without learning difficulties (except for those with complicated impairments), but research indicates that the health needs, and especially the sexual needs, of people with learning difficulties have largely been unmet (Meehan, Moore and Barr, 1995; Mencap, 1991). Since the advent of Community Care policies in the United Kingdom in the 1980s, fewer people with learning difficulties live in institutions and it is estimated that about 60 per cent of people with learning difficulties live in the community now. However, Shakespeare, Gillespie-Sells and Davies state that ‘with the growing numbers of disabled people living independent lives in the community, more complex issues of relationships, sexual practice, domestic violence and parenting have been on the agenda.’ (1996: 188).

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Hines, S and Taylor, Y
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Series Name: Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences
ISBN: 9781137002785
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2022 12:16
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2022 12:16
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/65957

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