Making Connections and Building Confidence: A Study of Specialist Dating Agencies for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Michelle McCarthy, Karen Milne Skillman, Nicola Elson, Claire Bates, Rachel Forrester-Jones, Siobhan Hunt

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Dating agencies are a small, but growing sector of social care provision for people with intellectual disabilities. The research reported here is the first to explore, with 10 specialist agencies in the UK, why they were set up, how they operate, the barriers and problems they encounter and their success or otherwise in facilitating relationships for people with intellectual disabilities. A strong case is made for the proliferation of such services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-18
Number of pages16
JournalSexuality and Disability
Issue number1
Early online date13 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • Dating
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • United Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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