Perceptions of relationship and sexual satisfaction among people with multiple sclerosis and their partners

McCabe, Marita and McDonald, Elizabeth 2007, Perceptions of relationship and sexual satisfaction among people with multiple sclerosis and their partners, Sexuality and disability, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 179-188.

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Title Perceptions of relationship and sexual satisfaction among people with multiple sclerosis and their partners
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
McDonald, Elizabeth
Journal name Sexuality and disability
Volume number 25
Issue number 4
Start page 179
End page 188
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 0146-1044
1573-6717
Keyword(s) multiple sclerosis
sexuality
relationship
sexual satisfaction
Summary The study evaluated relationships and sexuality among people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their partners. The results were compared to findings among couples in the general population. Participants were 45 heterosexual people with MS and their partners and 32 heterosexual people from the general population and their partners. There was a high level of concordance between the views of couples from the general population, but not among couples where one partner had MS. Partners of people with MS were more likely than people with MS to feel that MS had a negative impact on the physical and emotional support in their relationship. People with MS also experienced more problems in their relationship and sexual functioning, but not their sexual satisfaction, than people from the general population. The implications of these results in terms of support programs for people with MS and their partners 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 ©Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007590

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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