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Forced marriage of people with learning disabilities: a human rights issue

Clawson, Rachael; Fyson, Rachel

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Rachael Clawson

Rachel Fyson



Abstract

This paper reports some of the findings of an exploratory study which sought to better understand the demographics of forced marriage of people with learning disabilities and the contexts in which such marriages may occur. It was found that forced marriages of people with and without learning disabilities showed broad similarities in relation to ethnicity, some differences in terms of age and substantial differences in terms of gender. Men and women with learning disabilities are equally likely to be victims of forced marriage. The reasons for people with learning disabilities being forced to marry are most often associated with a desire on the part of families to secure permanent care, but can also be associated with cultural (mis)understandings of the nature of disability. These findings are contextualised by considering the relationship between forced marriage, human rights and learning disability.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Disability & Society
Print ISSN 0968-7599
Electronic ISSN 1360-0508
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Clawson, R., & Fyson, R. (in press). Forced marriage of people with learning disabilities: a human rights issue. Disability and Society, doi:10.1080/09687599.2017.1320271
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2017.1320271
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2017.1320271
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Disability & Society on 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/09687599.2017.1320271

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