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, doi: 10.1023/A:1010677823338.

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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
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
DOI 10.1023/A:1010677823338
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.
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