A close look at relationships

  • Amanda Gunner
Part of the The Essentials of Nursing book series (TEON)


Have you ever wondered why something as fundamental as the understanding of human relationships is often left to chance, while we are taught how to read and write in a formalised environment? The way we perceive relationships is usually based upon what we have learnt throughout our lives, together with specific experiences we may have had. The pages which follow will look at:
  • The nature of relationships, with whom we have them, how we respond to them and how strategies may be developed for coping with them.

  • The myths which can surround people who are mentally handicapped and their ability to enjoy and develop relationships.

  • Why people with a mental handicap are at risk of ‘missing out’ with regard to personal relationships.


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Further reading

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  5. Sines, D. and Bicknell, J., Caring for Mentally Handicapped People in the Community, Harper and Row, 1985Google Scholar
  6. Whelan, E. and Speake, B., Learning to Cope, Souvenir Press, 1979Google Scholar

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© Amanda Gunner 1987

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  • Amanda Gunner

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