‘People with intellectual disabilities living in the communities is bad enough let alone…having sex’: Exploring societal influence on social care workers' attitudes, beliefs and behaviours towards support for personal and sexual relationship needs.

Edward Olayinka Oloidi*, Ruth Northway, Jane Prince

*Awdur cyfatebol y gwaith hwn

    Allbwn ymchwil: Cyfraniad at gyfnodolynErthygladolygiad gan gymheiriaid

    19 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)

    Crynodeb

    Background: Services have a duty to uphold the personal and sexual relationship (P&SR) rights of adults with intellectual disability. However, little is known about how social care workers' (SCWs) perceptions of public views of intellectual disability and sexuality might affect their attitudes, believes and behaviours towards supporting P&SR needs. This exploratory study addresses this gap in knowledge. Materials And Methods: Qualitative interviews using critical incident technique were conducted with 18 SCWs. Data were transcribed and thematically analysed. Results: Four dominant themes were identified; socio-cultural, practice-policy gaps, fear and safety needs. These highlights how perceptions of public attitudes impact on SCWs' attitudes towards supporting development of P&SR both directly and through perceptions of organisational policies. This leads to prioritisation of safety needs over support for P&SR. Conclusions: Public expectations strongly influenced SCWs' interpretation of organisational policy, emphasising a need for practice-based support to manage public expectations and reduce fear.

    Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
    Rhif yr erthygl12839
    Nifer y tudalennau12
    CyfnodolynJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
    Cyfrol00
    Rhif cyhoeddi00
    Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar13 Rhag 2020
    Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
    StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 13 Rhag 2020

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