"I'm in their shoes": Experiences of peer educators in sexuality and relationship education

Frawley,P and Bigby,C 2014, "I'm in their shoes": Experiences of peer educators in sexuality and relationship education, Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 167-176, doi: 10.3109/13668250.2014.890701.

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Title "I'm in their shoes": Experiences of peer educators in sexuality and relationship education
Author(s) Frawley,PORCID iD for Frawley,P orcid.org/0000-0002-7643-4935
Bigby,C
Journal name Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Volume number 39
Issue number 2
Start page 167
End page 176
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1366-8250
1469-9532
Keyword(s) Abuse prevention
Intellectual disability
Relationships
Sexuality
Summary Background: Sexuality and relationship education for adults with an intellectual disability has failed to include them in roles other than as learners. This paper reports findings from a study of the experiences of peer educators with an intellectual disability who co-facilitated a respectful relationships education program. Method: Qualitative data were collected about the experiences of 16 peer educators through in-depth interviews and observations of their work in delivering the program. These data were thematically analysed. Findings: Peer educators reported that peer education gave them a sense of empowerment, positioned them as credible sources of information about relationships, enabled them to help others, and gave them an opportunity to learn new knowledge about respectful relationships, community resources and supports, and new skills. Conclusions: This study presents an alternative approach to relationship education that involves people with an intellectual disability as peer educators and that benefits these people. © 2014 © 2014 Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability, Inc.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/13668250.2014.890701
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Taylor & Francis
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