Getting Intimate: Using attachment theory to understand intimate relationships in our work with people with intellectual disabilities

Sheppard, Nancy and Canagaratnam, Myooran (2016) Getting Intimate: Using attachment theory to understand intimate relationships in our work with people with intellectual disabilities. In: Attachment in intellectual and developmental disability: A clinician's guide to practice and research. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, pp. 244-265. ISBN 9781118938034 (Print) 9781118938119 (Online)

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The experience of close relationships is as important to people with an intellectual disability (ID) as it is to those without a disability. This chapter considers the intimate relationships of individuals with intellectual disability (ID), through the lens of attachment theory, and with reference to empirical research and the authors' own clinical experience working in the Learning and Complex Disabilities Service at The Tavistock Clinic, London. It describes how attachment theory has been helpful in understanding some of the difficulties our service users experience in their close and intimate relationships, in the context of other barriers which people with ID face in this area. The chapter also discusses how secure attachment promotes positive relationships, through which people with ID can live positive and fulfilling lives. People with ID desire the same range of close relationships as those without ID, but face many barriers to achieving these.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Published Online: 11th Mar 2016, Published Print: 18th Apr 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attachment Theory, Intellectual Disability, Intimate Relationship, Parenting Relationship, Romantic Relationship
Subjects: Emotions, Affective Psychology > Attachment/Affectional Bonds
Families > Parent Child Relations/Parenthood
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Jocelyn Wade
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 13:43
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 13:43
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1499

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