What is it about?

The reviewed study by Pariseau-Lagault and Holmes of the lived experiences of sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities is particularly welcome and adds to a growing and evolving research evidence-base in this area. The paper makes a valuable contribution as it presents the subjective accounts and voices of adults with intellectual disabilities, while also including the views and experiences of parents and support workers

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Why is it important?

Undertaking research involving people with intellectual disabilities can often be difficult and challenging. To grow the research evidence-base there are many considerations that need to be addressed, including overcoming barriers to identifying and accessing the population, ethical concerns, recruitment and retention, capacity to consent and the ability of some to participate in the research process.


Undertaking research involving people with intellectual disabilities presents additional issues that need to be overcome. Researchers undertaking studies with this population, can therefore include details of the obstacles they experience and importantly how they were overcome. Including such reflective accounts have the potential to inform future research approaches and what worked.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Review: Mediated pathways, negotiated identities: a critical phenomenological analysis of the experience of sexuality in the context of intellectual disability, Journal of Research in Nursing, December 2017, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1744987117735619.
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