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Title: How do people with intellectual disability describe the experience of falling in love?
Authors: Mattila, Jenni
Uusiautti, Satu
Maatta, Kaarina
Keywords: Mental retardation
Intellectual disability
People with mental disabilities
People with mental disabilities -- Life skills assessment
Issue Date: 2017-04
Publisher: Centre for Resilience & Socio-Emotional Health
Citation: Mattila, J., Uusiautti, S, & Määttä, K. (2017). How do people with intellectual disability describe the experience of falling in love?. International Journal of Emotional Education, 9(1), 71-84.
Abstract: The phenomenon of falling in love among people with intellectual disability has not received much attention in research. In this study, seven Finnish young adults (5 women and 2 men) with mild intellectual disability (ID) were asked about their experiences of falling in love. They were interviewed with a qualitative themed interview method. The data were analyzed with content analysis by searching the participants‘ descriptions of partner selection, the event of falling in love, and how falling in love has changed their lives. The study showed that that young adults with ID were familiar with and able to describe falling in love concretely and in a very positive manner. Love was seen as an important part of well-being. The findings suggest that people who live or work with young adults with ID should be prepared to support them in various phases of love in a way that enhances their cognitive love skills and self-determination in intimate relationships.
ISSN: 20737629
Appears in Collections:IJEE, Volume 9 Issue 1
IJEE, Volume 9 Issue 1
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