Physical disability and sexual esteem

Taleporos, George and McCabe, Marita 2001, Physical disability and sexual esteem, Sexuality and disability, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 131-148.

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Title Physical disability and sexual esteem
Author(s) Taleporos, George
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Sexuality and disability
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 131
End page 148
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2001-06
ISSN 0146-1044
1573-6717
Keyword(s) physical disability
sexual esteem
social barriers
Summary The current study investigated the impact of physical disability on sexual feelings, sexual experiences, and sexual esteem. Thirty-five respondents (18 males and 17 females), with physical disabilities between 19 to 60 years (SD = 10, mean = 38) participated in focus groups where they discussed how their physical disability impacted on their sexuality. They also responded to a series of questions that were designed to examine disability-specific issues in sexual esteem using a four-point Likert-type scale. The data demonstrated that the participants struggled with many social and sexual barriers that were associated with having a physical impairment. This appeared to lead to increased feelings of negativity in many participants, including a belief that they were less sexually desirable than an able-bodied person and that having a disability seriously limited their sexual expression. The implications of these findings for practitioners and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001 Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001204

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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