Sexual esteem, sexual satisfaction, and sexual behavior among people with physical disability

McCabe, Marita and Taleporos, George 2003, Sexual esteem, sexual satisfaction, and sexual behavior among people with physical disability, Archives of sexual behavior, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 359-369.

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Title Sexual esteem, sexual satisfaction, and sexual behavior among people with physical disability
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Taleporos, George
Journal name Archives of sexual behavior
Volume number 32
Issue number 4
Start page 359
End page 369
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2003-08
ISSN 0004-0002
Keyword(s) physical disability
sexual esteem
sexual satisfaction
sexual behavior
Summary This study investigated the association between the severity and duration of physical disability and sexual esteem, sexual depression, sexual satisfaction, and the frequency of sexual behavior. A total of 1,196 participants completed the study. There were 748 participants (367 males, 381 females) who had a physical disability and 448 participants (171 males, 277 females) who were able-bodied. The age range of participants was 18–69 years, with a mean age of 36.39 years (SD = 10.41). The results demonstrated that people with more severe physical impairments experienced significantly lower levels of sexual esteem and sexual satisfaction and significantly higher levels of sexual depression than people who had mild impairments or who did not report having a physical impairment. The study also found that people with more severe physical disabilities engaged in mutual sexual activity significantly less frequently. Women with physical disabilities had significantly more positive feelings about their sexuality and significantly more frequent mutual sexual experiences than their male counterparts. For people with physical disabilities, the frequency of oral sex and nude cuddling were significant predictors of sexual satisfaction in men, while the frequency of deep kissing predicted sexual satisfaction in women. Furthermore, the viewing of erotica was significantly related to sexual dissatisfaction in men. Finally, it was found that people who had experienced their physical impairment for a longer period of time reported significantly more positive feelings about their sexuality. Implications of these findings are discussed and suggestions are made for future research.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Plenum Publishing Corporation
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