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How do people select partners?

Dr Claire Bates, Choice Support’s Quality Analyst/Researcher recently published her partner selection research in the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities (JARID).

The research focused on what people with learning disabilities valued in a partner and found that regardless of age, relationships for people with learning disabilities typically developed within a segregated environment, such as within a shared home.

People with learning disabilities expressed a wish to be loved, to be treated kindly and to have companionship. However, they did not place high value on attributes such as financial security, social status or intelligence. The research demonstrated how poorly integrated people with learning disabilities are within mainstream society. Desired characteristics and expectations for their relationships were rooted in a shared history and culture, which was shaped by their disability and support needs.

Having Claire on the team here at Choice Support and gaining from the insight of her research will help us to provide better support to people around their relationships, which are so important to us all.

JARID is an international peer review journal.

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