Professional Educational Opportunities
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Source: Sexuality and Disability - July 26, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Supporting Adults with Intellectual Disabilities with Relationships and Sex: A Systematic Review and Thematic Synthesis of Qualitative Research with Staff
AbstractStaff working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) play an important role in enabling them to fulfill their sexual and romantic needs. Given the lack of recent reviews providing a synthesis of qualitative research in this population, the present review explored how staff working with individuals with ID in a variety of capacities (e.g. support workers, service managers, nurses, educators, psychologists, social workers) perceived their role in relation to supporting sexuality and relationships. A systematic search of EMBASE, PsychINFO, MEDLINE, CINAHL, ASSIA and SCOPUS was carried out and identified ...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - July 16, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

An Underestimated Human Need After Renal Transplantation: Sexuality
AbstractSexual health is a subject that can generally be overlooked in follow-up examinations after transplantation. The aim of this study was to determine the perceptions of sexuality and sexual health care requirements of patients following kidney transplantation. The data were examined of 98 patients who underwent renal transplantation in the Nephrology Polyclinic between May and October 2019. The data were collected using a data collection form prepared by the researchers with the benefit of previous literature. The data obtained were evaluated using percentages, mean and standard deviation values and the Chi-square te...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - July 14, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

A National Survey on Intimate Relationships, Sexual Activity, and Sexual Satisfaction Among Adults with Physical and Mental Disabilities
This study provides an overview and a better understanding of how physical and mental disabilities are associated with intimate relationships, sexual activity, and sexual satisfaction. Data were drawn from a national survey study with 15,073 participants in Denmark aged between 26 and 65 of whom 4102 reported a physical disability and 1174 a mental disability. Participants with a disability (physical, mental, or both) reported significantly lower levels of sexual activity and satisfaction than participants without a disability. Participants with a mental disability or both a mental and physical disability reported the lowe...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - July 13, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Double Sexual Standards: Sexuality and People with Intellectual Disabilities Who Require Intensive Support
AbstractMore than four decades after the onset of deinstitutionalization in the Nordic countries, people with intellectual disabilities in Iceland are still being prevented from engaging in intimate and sexual relationships. There are changing attitudes towards sexuality based on people ’s rights to live free sexual rights. However, because people with intellectual disabilities often require daily support, they commonly lack opportunities for privacy and safe sexual expression and relationships. In this article, we present findings from qualitative research about the sexuality of Icelandic people with intellectual di...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - June 26, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Attitude and Behaviors of Senior Nursing Students in Assessment of Sexual Health
This study aimed to determine the attitude and behaviors of senior nursing students towards assessing the sexual health of the individuals to whom they give care during their nursing studies. The study was designed as a descriptive study. Data were collected using the personal information form and the Sexual Attitude and Belief Survey (SABS). This study was approved by the relevant ethics committee and institutions. 95% of the students were informed about sexual health. 68.9% of the students stated that they can talk about sexual health issues with the individuals to whom they give care. Students' mean total SABS score is ...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - May 31, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Perceptions of Dating Behaviors Among Individuals in the General Population with High and Low Autistic Traits
AbstractWhile many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) desire a romantic relationship, they often report anxiety and uncertainty about what behaviors are expected in a dating context. The goal of the current study was to determine how individuals in the general population respond to dating behaviors that may be perceived as unexpected, confusing, inappropriate, or unattractive. Participants responded to fifty behaviors on the Dating Behaviors Questionnaire (e.g., “asks too many questions about you”), indicating their willingness to continue dating someone showing each behavior. Participants also com...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - May 29, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Body Image, Sexuality, and Sexual Functioning in Cervical and Endometrial Cancer: Interrelationships and Women ’s Experiences
AbstractOver 74,000 women in the United States are diagnosed annually with endometrial or cervical cancers and experience significant treatment-related difficulties with body image, sexuality, and sexual functioning. The aims of the research were to examine relationships among body image, sexuality, and sexual functioning, and to understand women ’s views of these concepts. A novel theoretical framework encompassing these three concepts and contextual variables guided the research. A non-experimental cross-sectional pilot study was conducted with pre-menopausal women in an academic medical center who had stages I&nda...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - May 25, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Perceived Knowledge, Practices, Attitudes and Beliefs of Jordanian Nurses Toward Sexual Health Assessment of Patients with Coronary Artery Diseases
AbstractSexual health assessment is an important aspect for patients with coronary artery diseases. Nurses are at key position to address patients ’ sexual health concerns but they rarely do. The aim of this study was to evaluate Jordanian nurses’ knowledge, practice, attitude and beliefs toward sexual health assessment of patients with coronary artery diseases in practice. Descriptive correlational design was used; the sample consisted of 84 nurses in cardiac clinics at two major educational hospitals. Data collection included demographic data and nurses’ knowledge and practice of sexual health assessmen...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - May 25, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Sexual Education and Development in Children with Intellectual Disability: Mothers ’ Opinions
AbstractThis qualitative study was carried out in order to examine the opinions of mothers on sexual education and development in children with intellectual disability. Participants were drawn from the pool of the mothers of 10 –15 year-old children studying in a private education and rehabilitation center in Zonguldak/Turkey between February and June 2019; the sample included 14 mothers who consented to participate in the study. A questionnaire and a semi-structured interview form prepared by the researchers according to literature were used in the study. During the interviews, the mothers were asked questions ...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - May 12, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Curbing the Risks: Toward a Transdisciplinary Sexual Health Literacy Program for Young Adults Who are Deaf and LGBT+
AbstractThe alarming increase of HIV cases among young adults in the Philippines due to risky sexual behavior led the authors to investigate sexual behaviors among young adults who are Deaf** and LGBT+*. This project explores the romantic experiences of self-identified young adults who are Deaf and LGBT+ in the Philippines, it also investigates the sexual activities embedded in these experiences. Meanings drawn from the narratives in sign language reveal that there are levels of sexual intimacy (i.e., from “incomplete” to “complete” sex), which vary from one individual to another, with associated ri...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - May 10, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Parents ’ Plans to Communicate About Sexuality and Child Sexual Abuse with Their Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
AbstractThe current study examined intended plans of parents of children (3 –18 years) with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to communicate with them about sexuality topics including sexual abuse. Participants included 87 parents/guardians who completed an online survey. Results revealed that parents are concerned about the sexual victimization of their children with ASD. While many have spoken to their children about some aspects of sexuality education, most feel ill-equipped to handle such discussions. Characteristics of ASD may make prevention programming difficult, and parents worry about ways to teach their c...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - May 4, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Counselled Patients with Stroke Still Experience Sexual and Relational Problems 1 –5 Years After Stroke Rehabilitation
AbstractTo describe sexual functioning/satisfaction and relational satisfaction of patients with stroke who received sexual counselling during their rehabilitation 1 –5 years thereafter. All adult patients with stroke admitted to one Dutch Rehabilitation Centre between January 2010 and January 2014 with at least two consultations with a sexologist were invited to participate in this cross-sectional survey study. Patients were asked to complete a questionnaire on sexual functioning, relational satisfaction (Maudsley Marital Questionnaire, 0–80; low–high dissatisfaction), health-related quality of life...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - April 28, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

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Source: Sexuality and Disability - April 24, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

From the Editor of Sexuality and Disability : The Impact of COVID-19 on Sexuality and Disability —Are We Closer or More Isolated?
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Source: Sexuality and Disability - April 24, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

The Relationship Between Hopelessness and Sexual Problems in Spinal Cord Injury
This study aims to determine the sexual problems of the patients with spinal cord injury and to analyze the relationship between these problems and the hopelessness levels of the patients. This descriptive cross-sectional study, which employed a mixed method (qualitative and quantitative) was conducted on 53 inpatients at a physical therapy and rehabilitation hospital in Turkey. Questionnaire on Sociodemographic and Clinical Characteristics, Arizona Sexual Experiences Scale, Beck Hopelessness Scale and Semi-Structured Interview Form on Sexuality and Hopelessness were used for data collection. Statements of the participants...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - April 10, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Challenges for Women with Disabilities Accessing Reproductive Health Care Around the World: A Scoping Review
AbstractThis scoping review provides an overview of access to reproductive health care for women with physical disabilities in low-middle income and high-income countries from 1995 to 2017. The paper reviews 40 qualitative studies, identified by searching 10 databases including Ovid (Health and psychosocial instruments, NHS economic evaluation database), OVID MEDLINE, Pubmed, Informit (Health and Society, Health collection, Humanities and social sciences collection), ProQuest Central (ProQuest XML), CINAHL Plus (EBSCO), ScienceDirect Journal, Wiley Online Library, Google Scholar, BioMed Central. Nine main themes were ident...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - April 9, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

An Interdisciplinary Sexual Health Rehabilitation Program for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury: Case Reports
AbstractDespite the prominence of sexual health concerns in the spinal cord injury (SCI) population, education regarding sexual functioning and related matters is not well integrated into rehabilitation processes or ongoing care in SCI. Conceptual sexual health care frameworks encompass a range of biopsychosocial factors and recommend utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to meet the diverse needs of individuals with disabilities. Yet, it is rare to have a truly integrated treatment team dedicated to sexual health and functioning in SCI rehabilitative settings. The program described in this article attempts to align itse...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - April 1, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Sexual Health After Acute Myocardial Infarction: The Lived Experience of Women During the First-Year Post Discharge
This study aims to develop an understanding of the s exual health experiences of Italian women 1 year after they experienced AMIs. This qualitative study used Cohen’s phenomenological design. A sample of 12 women was interviewed. Each interview was audio-recorded, and all interviews had a duration ranging from 40 to 60 min. Interviews were read, r e-read, and analyzed by each researcher, who then extrapolated themes. Three main themes emerged from the analysis of the interviews: the fear of a recurring infarction, stress, and the desire to receive information about their recovery. Two sub-themes also emerge...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - March 31, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Communication on Sexuality Between Parents and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review
The objective of this systematic review was to identify and analyze the information available on sexual communication between parents and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Medline/PubMed, Lilacs, Ebsco, Embase, Scielo, Google Scholar, Scirus and Redalyc databases were used to find articles. The inclusion criteria were studies published in indexed databases in English, Spanish and Portuguese with a quantitative and qualitative approach in full text, studies that include a population of parents of adolescents with ASD and adolescents between 10 and 19  years of age with a diagnosis of ASD, and studies tha...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - March 30, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Sexual Life Under the Shadow of Multiple Sclerosis in Women: A Qualitative Study in Iran
This study highlighted the concern that MS and related complications can significantly and negatively lower the quality and quantity of sexual relationships in women with MS. These women neglect themselves in their sexual life, and experience low sexual self-efficacy. Including these factors in the design and implementation of comprehensive and multidisciplinary interventions appears helpful in promoting the sexual life of these women during their treatment. (Source: Sexuality and Disability)
Source: Sexuality and Disability - March 25, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Perspectives on Sexuality Among Patients with Hypopituitarism: Broadening the Medical Focus on Sexual Function to Include Sexual Wellbeing
This study aimed to explore patients ’ own experiences of hypopituitarism in relation to sexuality, and it is based on interviews with 19 men and women. A qualitative methodology inspired by Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics was used. Analysis revealed that current healthcare practices, which focus primarily on sexual functionin g, fail to address patients’ existential concerns about loneliness, loving relationships and selfhood. Another important finding was that women felt that their sexual functioning and wellbeing tended to go unnoticed, while men said that healthcare professionals focused mainly o...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - March 17, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Assessing the Sexual Attitudes of Midwifery Students and Their Opinions on Sexuality in People with Disabilities
AbstractThe sexual attitudes of midwifery students, who play an important role in improving sexual health, can affect both the students themselves and people with disabilities to whom they provide education and counselling. We descriptively examined sexual attitudes and opinions regarding the sexual expression of people with disabilities in a sample of midwifery students at a state university in Turkey. All students studying midwifery at the participating university in the spring semester of the 2017 –2018 academic year were eligible to participate, and 266 agreed to do so. The data were collected using a personal in...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - March 13, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Not Doing it Properly? (Re)producing and Resisting Knowledge Through Narratives of Autistic Sexualities
AbstractAutism is conceptualized in much scientific literature as being associated with restricted and repetitive interests, characterized by an ‘empathy deficit’, and negatively impacting social communication. Meanwhile, ‘good and healthy’ sexuality is largely considered to be a social endeavor: asexuality and sexualities defined by acts rather than by partner gender—for example kink or BDSM—are broadly pathologized. Perhaps, th erefore, first-hand autistic experiences of sexuality challenge existing assumptions about ‘good and healthy’ sexualities within couplehood. As a th...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - March 9, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

From the Editor of Sexuality and Disability : The Theme of Inclusivity Broadens the Knowledge Base and Gives Increased Voice to Awareness
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Source: Sexuality and Disability - February 22, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Making Connections and Building Confidence: A Study of Specialist Dating Agencies for People with Intellectual Disabilities
AbstractDating agencies are a small, but growing sector of social care provision for people with intellectual disabilities. The research reported here is the first to explore, with 10 specialist agencies in the UK, why they were set up, how they operate, the barriers and problems they encounter and their success or otherwise in facilitating relationships for people with intellectual disabilities. A strong case is made for the proliferation of such services. (Source: Sexuality and Disability)
Source: Sexuality and Disability - February 13, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Professional Educational Opportunities
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Source: Sexuality and Disability - February 12, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Sex Life During the First 10 Years After Spinal Cord Injury: A Qualitative Exploration
AbstractThe influence of a spinal cord injury on sexuality must be seen in the light of sexuality being a central aspect of being human according to WHO. The term is broad and covers many aspects of being. The focus in this paper is the lived experiences of sex life with a spinal cord injury understood as sex being a part of life. The aim of the study was to explore the experiences of sex life from the onset of a spinal cord injury to 10  years after. The fact that sex life after a spinal cord injury cannot be separated from what it means to have a ‘damaged spine’ and how this impact on a person’s li...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - January 29, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Medicalized Pleasure and Silenced Desire: Sexuality of People with Physical Disabilities
AbstractIn 2016, Japan started to enforce domestic legislation in the form of the Act of Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with Disability, along with ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2014. However, the interpretation of these new pieces of legislation is often not clear, especially when it comes to issues of sexuality. Thus, this research is carried out at a time when Japan is making important policy decisions about the rights of people with disabilities, in a culture in which the decisions of people with disabilities have often been restricted by caregivers...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - January 29, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Marriage Challenges of Women with Intellectual Disability in Iran: A Qualitative Study
AbstractSexual desire is a natural and important human need, and, as part of human diversity, people with intellectual disability (PWID) have the right to have sex, marry and bear children. However, due to the dependence of PWID on their caregivers, their sexuality is influenced by the opinions of their caregivers. This qualitative study was conducted with the aim of discovering opinions of caregivers about the sexual needs and the issue of marriage in women with intellectual disability (WWID). Sampling was conducted in three intellectual disability care centers, two rehabilitation centers and a school of exceptional stude...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - January 29, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

The Effect of Counseling Based on EX-PLISSIT Model on Sexual Dysfunction and Quality of Sexual Life of Married Women with Multiple Sclerosis: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial
AbstractSexual dysfunction is one of the most common complaints of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The study aimed to determine the effect of counseling based on the extended PLISSIT model (Permission, Limited Information, Specific Suggestion, and Intensive Therapy) on sexual dysfunction and the quality of sexual life of married women with MS. This randomized clinical trial was performed on 70 married women with MS aged between 18 and 45  years referring to the MS Association of Tabriz, Iran. The data were collected using a demographic questionnaire, Multiple Sclerosis Intimacy and Sexuality Questionnaire-19 (M...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - January 28, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

A Critical Appraisal of Sexuality and Relationships Programs for People with Acquired Brain Injury
AbstractThis literature review presents a critical appraisal of the dominant approaches toward the sexuality and relationships of people with acquired brain injury. In particular, we sought to identify and review existing programs focusing on sexuality and relationships which use an educational and/or peer –peer approach. A systematic and comprehensive search of the EBSCOHOST database was conducted within an unlimited time-frame to yield the highest number of relevant results possible, along with hand-searching of key journals and databases. Reports, papers and webpages, documents commonly referred to as ‘grey ...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - January 27, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

What Sexual Assistants Want and Need: Creating a Toolkit and New Solutions to Help Them Better Perform Their Work with Individuals with Disabilities
The objective was to create a toolbox with items that might be required in encounte rs with individuals with disabilities and to think of innovative ideas to improve sexual assistants’ work. This multi-method qualitative study involved two meetings: one workshop and one co-design session. The sample included six future sexual assistants studying at the Italian Institute of Sexolo gy in Rome. The workshop presented two different scenarios so the students could think of what is needed to improve their work. At the end of the workshop, a list of items was developed. The co-design session explored possible design solutio...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - January 24, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Validation of the Knowledge, Comfort, Approach, and Attitudes Towards Sexuality Scale for Use with Rehabilitation Counseling Students: An Exploratory Factor Analysis
This article utilizes exploratory factor analysis to address the validity of using the Knowledge, Comfort, Approach, and Attitudes Towards Sexuality Scale with rehabilitation counseling students. Results indicate a poor model fit, suggesting that it may be inappropriate for use with rehabilitation counseling students. The need for a new or revised measure is discussed. (Source: Sexuality and Disability)
Source: Sexuality and Disability - January 14, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Psychological Burden in Couples with Infertility and Its Association with Sexual Dysfunction
This study aimed to assess the rate and level of depression, anxiety, and stress among people with infertility and the association between psychological disorders and sexual dysfunction. In this cross-sectional study, we investigated 255 couples with infertility undergoing examination at a university hospital between January and December 2017. The assessment tools included the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-21, Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), Premature Ejaculation Diagnostic Tool (PEDT), and International Index of Erectile Function-15 (IIEF-15). The rates and mean scores of depression, anxiety, and stress among ...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - January 14, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Opinions of Students in the Field of Health About the Sexuality of Individuals with Disability
This study aimed to determine the opinions of students who will provide health counseling services in the future on the sexuality of people with disabilities. A total of 498 university students (83.8% of the target population) in the field of health submitted verbal consent for participating in this descriptive study. The items that the students agreed on the sexuality of people with disabilities and the distributions of the percentage of the items were as follows: “Do you think that the sexuality of people with disabilities is overlooked, ignored, or suppressed in society?” (57.5%); “Do you think sexual ...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - January 1, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Body Image and Sexual Self-confidence in Patients with Chronic Urticaria
AbstractBody image and sexual life are often adversely affected in patients with chronic urticaria. The number of studies on this topic is limited. We aimed to determine the body image and sexual self-confidence status in patients with chronic urticaria and the relationship between them. In total, 64 patients with chronic urticaria who visited a dermatology clinic were included in the study. Data were collected by using an introductory information form, Sexual Self-confidence Scale, and Multidimensional Body-Self Relationship Scale. Shapiro –Wilk test was employed to assess normal distribution for descriptive statist...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - January 1, 2020 Category: Disability Source Type: research

The Relationship Between Aspects of Resiliency and Intimacy-Related Illness Intrusiveness in Males with Multiple Sclerosis
This study initiated the first steps by assessing the associations between aspects of resiliency and intimacy-related illness intrusiveness in males with multiple sclerosis, and whether they could mediate the latter ’s relationship with depression. Primarily recruited through the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis Registry, 156 males with multiple sclerosis were included. A subscale from the Illness Intrusiveness Rating Scale (IIRS) measured intimacy-related illness intrusiveness. Resilie ncy was measured with the Multiple Sclerosis Resiliency Scale (MSRS). Correlations were run between the IIRS ...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - December 14, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Sex and Intimacy Policy in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Flanders, Belgium
AbstractA survey was conducted using the 69 item Sexuality Assessment Tool (SexAT) to identify how supportive residential aged care facilities in Flanders, Belgium are of residents ’ sexual expression. 750 aged care facilities were contacted and 69 (9.2%) completed the SexAT survey after three reminders. Findings indicate that no facilities are rated as ‘excellent’ (score greater than 60/69) and only 12% as ‘very good’ (score between 41–59/69). The majority (58%) of facilities are rated as ‘good’ (score between 21–40/69) and 30% scored less than 20/69. While the ge...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - November 18, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

From the Editor of Sexuality and Disability : Global Perspectives on Sexuality and Disability
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Source: Sexuality and Disability - November 9, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Professional Educational Opportunities
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Source: Sexuality and Disability - November 4, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Contraceptive Practices and Reproductive Health Considerations for Adolescent and Adult Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Review of the Literature
AbstractWhereas progress has been made on increasing access to comprehensive healthcare for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), disparities continue in health outcomes, including those related to the reproductive health of adolescent and adult women with I/DD. This review summarizes reproductive care considerations for adolescent and adult women with I/DD and current practices regarding the delivery of contraceptive services to these women. Forty-seven (47) articles based on research conducted in the US between 1999 and 2019 were selected for inclusion in the review. Primary themes discusse...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - October 23, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Sexuality in People With Ostomies: A Literature Review
AbstractOstomies have shown to compromise different components of an individual ’s quality of life, particularly their sexuality. Although some elements that can affect sexuality have been described in this population like body image or lifestyle changes, being a necessity to understand these difficulties, as well as to know the strategies the same patients have used to impro ve their sexual life. A review of the literature was performed using the following databases: Medline, Central, Embase, Scopus, Lilacs and Psycinfo. The include studies required a qualitative or mixed method approach with the purpose of investig...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - October 18, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Perceived Satisfaction and Inequity: A Survey of Potential Romantic Partners of People with a Disability
AbstractPeople with disabilities (PWD) may be stigmatized when dating. As suggested by previous research, people may avoid forming romantic relationships with PWD because they fear being stigmatized by association. We tested this explanation and proposed alternative reasons for the potential stigmatization of PWD. Specifically, we predicted that people may be less willing to date PWD because they stereotypically infer that such relationships may not be satisfying and may be inequitable, favoring the PWD more than themselves. To test these hypotheses, we surveyed 390 single people regarding their willingness to date a poten...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - October 14, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Sexual Dysfunction in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis from Argentina: What are the Differences Between Women and Men?
In conclusion, SD is extremely common in pwMS from Argentina. The previously mentioned physical and neuropsychological factors have a negative impact on sexual function. (Source: Sexuality and Disability)
Source: Sexuality and Disability - October 14, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

The Sexual Health Needs and Perspectives of College Students with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities and Their Support Staff: A Brief Report
This study also makes a significant contribution to the dearth of literature on the sexual health of college students with IDD. (Source: Sexuality and Disability)
Source: Sexuality and Disability - October 9, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Female Medicaid Enrollees with Disabilities and Discussions with Health Care Providers About Contraception/Family Planning and Sexually Transmitted Infections
AbstractFor women with disabilities in particular, there is a need for information about both contraception and planning for a baby and preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The study purpose was to determine which variables were associated with whether health care providers discussed birth control or planning for a baby and what enrollees can do to prevent STIs among a sample of female Medicaid enrollees with disabilities. A cross-sectional survey design was used in this study of 584 female Medicaid enrollees in a Midwestern state. Independent variables included demographics, community participation, experien...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - September 30, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Sexual Activity in Older Adults with Visual Impairment: Findings from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
AbstractSexual activity is a central component of intimate relationships and has been shown to have numerous benefits for health and wellbeing. Studies have shown that people with disabilities often report less satisfaction with their sex lives, but none have examined the levels of sexual activity in older adults with visual problems. We investigated associations between self-rated eyesight and sexual activity in a population-based sample of older adults. Analyses were conducted using data from 2587 men and 3238 women participating in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Participants provided information on self-rated...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - September 24, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Sexual Health Communication Between Healthcare Professionals and Adolescents with Chronic Conditions in Western Countries: An Integrative Review
AbstractAdolescent patients and healthcare professionals find it difficult to initiate the discussion on sexual health in consultations. The aim of this integrative review is to give an overview of determinants in the communication about sexual health between adolescents with chronic conditions, their parents, and their healthcare professionals. A systematic literature search for the period of January 2000 to October 2018 was conducted in four databases (Cinahl, Cochrane, PsycINFO, and Pubmed) and resulted in fifteen included studies. Four determinants were found in these studies: attitude, beliefs, knowledge, and self-eff...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - September 18, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research

Effectiveness of Sexual Counseling Using PLISSIT Model to Promote Sexual Function of Women with Spinal Cord Injury: A Randomized Controlled Trial
This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a PLISSIT model sexual counseling to promote sexual function of women with spinal cord injury. In this randomized clinical trial the participants included a total number of 44 women with spinal cord injury randomly assigned to intervention and control groups using random blocking. The intervention group received the PLISSIT sexual counseling in three sessions weekly, and the control group received the routine consultation of the center. Female Sexual Functions of participants were assessed using women ’s Sexual Function Index questionnaires at three times. Two-way rep...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - September 16, 2019 Category: Disability Source Type: research