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The impact of sexual esteem, body esteem, and sexual satisfaction on psychological well-being in people with physical disability

journal contribution
posted on 2002-09-01, 00:00 authored by George Taleporos, M McCabe
The current study investigated the association between sexuality and psychological well-being in people with physical disabilities. A total of 1,196 participants completed the study. There were 748 participants who had a physical disability and 448 participants who were able-bodied. The results demonstrated that sexual esteem, body esteem, and sexual satisfaction were strong predictors of self-esteem and depression among people with physical disability, and that this relationship was stronger among people with physical disability than able-bodied participants. It was also found that body esteem was more closely associated with self-esteem in disabled women, while sexual esteem was more closely associated with self-esteem in disabled men. The results of the study suggest that researchers and clinicians who are concerned with the psychological health of people with physical disability should consider strategies to improve the body esteem and sexual well-being of people with physical disabilities.

History

Journal

Sexuality and disability

Volume

20

Issue

3

Pagination

177 - 183

Publisher

Springer Netherlands

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0146-1044

eISSN

1573-6717

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, Human Sciences Press, Inc.