The characteristics, meanings and implications of couples relationships from the perspective of adults with intellectual disabilities living as couples. A comparison of quality of life and self esteem in couple's relationships versus relationships between friends
Prof. Shunit Reiter and Dr Ran Neuman, PhD- University of Haifa, Faculty of Education, Department of Special Education
Just like the general population, people with intellectual disabilities express interest and longing for intimacy. They have limited opportunities to experience such relationships and there are currently few references to the subject in literature and research
This study examined the point of view of a couple with intellectual disabilities. The findings indicate the uniqueness of a relationship between people with intellectual disabilities. Amongst the findings is the positive effect of an intimate relationship on the quality of life and self-image of the couple. The research suggests re-characterization of the concept of intimate relationships among adults with intellectual disabilities and defines a number of recommendations for how society can and should help. Finally, it proposes abandonment of the question of "whether or not" to support this issue and instead encourages a focus on "how"
Video depicting the study March 2014, Filmed in Kfar Tikva; "The Village of Hope"
Editor : Shay Slomi
This research is supported by a grant from the Shalem Foundation