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Risky business? Organizing sexual facilitation in Swedish personal assistance services

Bahner, Julia LU (2016) In Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research 18(2). p.164-175
Abstract (Swedish)
Despite nearly two decades of disability research highlighting the need to take greater account of disabled people's sexualities, sexuality is still largely a taboo subject in disability services, thus limiting service users’ possibilities to express their sexuality. In this article, I aim to show how Swedish personal assistance managers organize sexual facilitation, that is, assistance from personnel in service users’ sexual engagement. The article draws on findings from a focus group study with managers of municipal and private service providers. Three main themes are discussed: the managers’ different ways of organizing sexual facilitation; how they conceptualize sexuality and normality; and risk management practices. I argue that... (More)
Despite nearly two decades of disability research highlighting the need to take greater account of disabled people's sexualities, sexuality is still largely a taboo subject in disability services, thus limiting service users’ possibilities to express their sexuality. In this article, I aim to show how Swedish personal assistance managers organize sexual facilitation, that is, assistance from personnel in service users’ sexual engagement. The article draws on findings from a focus group study with managers of municipal and private service providers. Three main themes are discussed: the managers’ different ways of organizing sexual facilitation; how they conceptualize sexuality and normality; and risk management practices. I argue that societal discourse on sexual normality greatly influences managers’ views on and strategies for organizing sexual facilitation. Hence, sexual facilitation in personal assistance services is viewed as a non-normative form of sexuality and a work-related risk rather than a possibility to increase service users’ sexual rights. (Less)
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Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research
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12 pages
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Taylor & Francis
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1501-7419
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Sexualitetsfrågor i vardagen med personlig assistans för personer med fysisk rörelsenedsättning
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  abstract     = {Despite nearly two decades of disability research highlighting the need to take greater account of disabled people's sexualities, sexuality is still largely a taboo subject in disability services, thus limiting service users’ possibilities to express their sexuality. In this article, I aim to show how Swedish personal assistance managers organize sexual facilitation, that is, assistance from personnel in service users’ sexual engagement. The article draws on findings from a focus group study with managers of municipal and private service providers. Three main themes are discussed: the managers’ different ways of organizing sexual facilitation; how they conceptualize sexuality and normality; and risk management practices. I argue that societal discourse on sexual normality greatly influences managers’ views on and strategies for organizing sexual facilitation. Hence, sexual facilitation in personal assistance services is viewed as a non-normative form of sexuality and a work-related risk rather than a possibility to increase service users’ sexual rights.},
  author       = {Bahner, Julia},
  issn         = {1501-7419},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {164--175},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research},
  title        = {Risky business? Organizing sexual facilitation in Swedish personal assistance services},
  url          = {https://www.sjdr.se/articles/10.1080/15017419.2015.1063540/},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2016},
}