Can positive social work practice empower the development of sexuality within people with learning disabilities?

Sitton, Stacey A. (2011) Can positive social work practice empower the development of sexuality within people with learning disabilities? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Whilst society is becoming more aware of sexuality within people with learning disabilities many still abide by outdated stereotypes about sexuality and disability, which risks people with learning disabilities being denied the opportunities to develop their sexuality. This paper offers insight into the historical context of sexuality, how this influences the social constructions experienced by people with learning disabilities today, and the anxieties of parents/ carers and professionals. It also evaluates if social work practice can be used to empower service users through normalisation, person centred practice and highlights the need for anti oppressive and anti discriminatory practice.

    Throughout the literature review, the writer refers to how the social construction of learning disabilities influences not only service users’ lives but also carers, practitioners and policy makers practice. The power these people hold can be used to either enable or disable people with learning disabilities social, educational, and personal options or choices and how this in turn affects their ability to express their sexuality in a safe and positive way.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 09:06
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4190

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