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Sexualitet och Utvecklingsstörning - Hur personal på gruppboenden konstruerar brukarnas sexualitet

Geisler, Johan LU and Gelderman, Emmy LU (2013) SOPA63 20131
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine how staff, working in LSS-group homes, through ways of talking, attitudes and approaches construct, form and shape the sexuality among people with learning disabilities. LSS is “the Swedish act concerning support and service for persons with certain functional impairments” (Lag (1993:387) om stöd och service till vissa funktionshindrade) and implies, inter alia, aims for personnel how to address autonomy and self-determination for their clients. Still, people with learning disabilities are often in a position of interdependence to their surroundings. How staff treats and talk about their sexuality is therefore of great importance for how their clients can live as normal life as possible. Our study... (More)
The aim of this study was to examine how staff, working in LSS-group homes, through ways of talking, attitudes and approaches construct, form and shape the sexuality among people with learning disabilities. LSS is “the Swedish act concerning support and service for persons with certain functional impairments” (Lag (1993:387) om stöd och service till vissa funktionshindrade) and implies, inter alia, aims for personnel how to address autonomy and self-determination for their clients. Still, people with learning disabilities are often in a position of interdependence to their surroundings. How staff treats and talk about their sexuality is therefore of great importance for how their clients can live as normal life as possible. Our study analyses interviews from three focus groups we held in southern Sweden. A total of 11 respondents discussed sexuality in ways of responsibilities, experiences, reflections, resources, interventions and so forth. Through a social constructivist perspective the results were analyzed to show which impact norms and discourses amongst the staff has for their clients. Our result shows that the staff views their clients sexuality as different from their own in some areas. Of most interest is their view on females with intellectual disabilities as non-sexual, and that the discourse of monogamy is strong amongst the personnel. We also found that staff in the field often experience ambivalence about what sexual expressions are and how to best address them, and that individuals with learning disabilities living in group homes has few arenas to find potential partners. (Less)
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author
Geisler, Johan LU and Gelderman, Emmy LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, sexuality, social constructivism, staff, personnel
language
Swedish
id
3813324
date added to LUP
2013-08-19 12:35:09
date last changed
2013-08-19 12:35:09
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to examine how staff, working in LSS-group homes, through ways of talking, attitudes and approaches construct, form and shape the sexuality among people with learning disabilities. LSS is “the Swedish act concerning support and service for persons with certain functional impairments” (Lag (1993:387) om stöd och service till vissa funktionshindrade) and implies, inter alia, aims for personnel how to address autonomy and self-determination for their clients. Still, people with learning disabilities are often in a position of interdependence to their surroundings. How staff treats and talk about their sexuality is therefore of great importance for how their clients can live as normal life as possible. Our study analyses interviews from three focus groups we held in southern Sweden. A total of 11 respondents discussed sexuality in ways of responsibilities, experiences, reflections, resources, interventions and so forth. Through a social constructivist perspective the results were analyzed to show which impact norms and discourses amongst the staff has for their clients. Our result shows that the staff views their clients sexuality as different from their own in some areas. Of most interest is their view on females with intellectual disabilities as non-sexual, and that the discourse of monogamy is strong amongst the personnel. We also found that staff in the field often experience ambivalence about what sexual expressions are and how to best address them, and that individuals with learning disabilities living in group homes has few arenas to find potential partners.},
  author       = {Geisler, Johan and Gelderman, Emmy},
  keyword      = {learning disabilities,intellectual disabilities,sexuality,social constructivism,staff,personnel},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Sexualitet och Utvecklingsstörning - Hur personal på gruppboenden konstruerar brukarnas sexualitet},
  year         = {2013},
}