Relationships, sexuality and adjustment among people with physical disability.

Taleporos, George and McCabe, Marita 2003, Relationships, sexuality and adjustment among people with physical disability., Sexual and relationship therapy, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 25-43, doi: 10.1080/1468199031000061245.

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Title Relationships, sexuality and adjustment among people with physical disability.
Author(s) Taleporos, George
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Sexual and relationship therapy
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 43
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2003-02
ISSN 1468-1994
Keyword(s) family counselling
impotence & sexual dysfunction
marriage & couples therapy
marriage, family & sex therapy
sex therapy
Summary The current study investigated the association between relationship status and the psychological adjustment, sexual esteem and sexual behaviour of people with and without physical disability. A total of 1196 participants completed the study, 748 participants (367 men, 381 women) had a physical disability and 448 participants (171 men, 277 women) were able-bodied. The age range of participants was 18 to 69 years, with a mean age of 36.39 years (SD=10.41). The results demonstrated that physical disability and its severity were related to an increased likelihood of being single. Men with physical disabilities were more likely than women to be single. In terms of psychological adjustment, single people with physical disabilities were more depressed than those who had a partner they did not live with. However, they were not significantly disadvantaged in this area when compared to married people and those in de facto relationships. Relationship status was strongly related to sexual wellbeing in people with and without physical disability, with single people reporting lower levels of sexual satisfaction and sexual esteem as well as less frequent mutual sexual activity. However, married people with physical disabilities reported lower levels of sexual wellbeing than the people who had partners they did not live with. This suggests that among couples where a partner has a physical disability, marriage and live-in relationships may add burdens that do not exist in more casual relationships.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1468199031000061245
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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