Exploring intimate relationship experiences of Asian disabled women

Exploring intimate relationship experiences of Asian disabled women

For more information, please contact Ratna Dutt

This small study explores the intimate relationship experiences of Asian disabled women. The funding for this project came in the form of a bequest left by Nasa Begum who sadly passed away on 24th May 2011.

The Foundation’s rationale for this work is twofold: 

  • there is a dearth of research and literature on experiences of, and barriers to, Asian disabled women forming intimate relationships
  • research evidence relating to the Government’s wellbeing agenda suggests intimate relationships on have a positive impact on wellbeing.

We hope this small study will increase the knowledge base and help identify policy implications for service providers in relation to the wellbeing agenda and Asian disabled women.

The project has used a combination of individual interviews and a focus group session to ascertain the views of Asian disabled women. In all we have carried out:

  • five individual interviews
  • one focus group of thirty five women.

The women we have spoken to, either, as part of the focus group or the individual interviews have included women with physical and learning disabilities and mental health problems; women of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi background and women whose ages range from 20 to 60 plus.