The Invisibility of Young Homosexual Women and Men with Intellectual Disabilities

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The Invisibility of Young Homosexual Women and Men with Intellectual Disabilities
Author(s) Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta
Date 2009
English abstract
The aim of the article is to identify, describe and understand the opportunities and hindrances for young people with intellectual disabilities (ID) in expressing a variety of sexual expressions, such as homo- and bisexuality. The method is qualitative interviews with people with ID in the age of 16-27, staff members and parents. The study show that young gay people with ID are an invisible group, and that the possibilities to show a variety of sexual expressions are depending on the surroundings attitudes and behaviours toward the youngsters. Therefore it is important to teach about different sexualities in the sex education at special schools and also to do more research concerning homo- and bisexuality and intellectual disability, without having the heterosexual norm as a starting point.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11195-008-9101-0 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Host/Issue Sexuality and Disability;1
Volume 27
ISSN 0146-1044
Pages 21-26
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) sexology
intellectual disability
homosexuality
heterosexual norm
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/6647 (link to this page)

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