UNDERSTANDING THE SEXUALITY OF PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY IN RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES: PERCEPTIONS OF SERVICE PROVIDERS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Keywords: sexuality, oppression, intellectual disability, infantilization, stereotypes, institutionalization

Abstract

The sexual expression of persons with intellectual disability is a neglected area, more particularly in residential facilities. This article is based on research to explore the perceptions of sexuality of persons with disability in residential facilities in Gauteng, South Africa. Results pointed to stereotyping, infantilisation and the sexuality of persons with disability not being prioritised at institutions, as evidenced in oppressive practices and policies pertaining to lack of privacy, denial of intimate relationships, lack of sexuality policies and paucity of sexual health education programmes at the residential facilities.

Author Biographies

Tapiwa Muswera, University of KwaZulu Natal
Postgraduate Student
Madhu Kasiram, University of KwaZulu Natal
Department of Social work
Published
2019-07-15
How to Cite
Muswera, T., & Kasiram, M. (2019). UNDERSTANDING THE SEXUALITY OF PERSONS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY IN RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES: PERCEPTIONS OF SERVICE PROVIDERS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 55(2), 197. https://doi.org/10.15270/55-2-715
Section
Articles