59 results match your criteria Sexuality and Disability


Dating with a Diagnosis: The Lived Experience of People with Multiple Sclerosis.

Sex Disabil 2021 May 26:1-18. Epub 2021 May 26.

Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences, Áras Moyola, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which usually manifests between the ages of 20-40 years. This is a critical period for developing relationships, particularly romantic relationships. People with MS can experience sexual dysfunction, limb weakness, fatigue, pain, reduced mood and bladder/bowel dysfunction; potentially affecting their ability to participate in many meaningful activities, including those associated with romantic relationships, dating or engaging in sexual intercourse. Read More

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Changes in Sexual Functions and Alexithymia Levels of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Sex Disabil 2021 May 4:1-18. Epub 2021 May 4.

Istanbul Medeniyet University Training and Research Hospital, Internal Medicine Clinic, Istanbul, Turkey.

This study was conducted to determine the changes in sexual functioning and alexithymia levels in patients with type 2 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted with 162 patients with type 2 diabetes. Data were collected using the Information Form, Toronto Alexithymia Scale, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Read More

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Professional Educational Opportunities.

Authors:
Sigmund Hough

Sex Disabil 2021 Apr 24:1-3. Epub 2021 Apr 24.

Beverly, USA.

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The Effect of Nursing Care Applied to Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease on Their Sexual Experiences and Quality of Life.

Sex Disabil 2021 Mar 19:1-14. Epub 2021 Mar 19.

Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sakarya University of Applied Sciences, Sakarya, Turkey.

This study was conducted for the aim of assessing the effect of nursing care applied to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on their sexual experiences and quality of life. The sample of the study was determined via power analysis, patients were assigned groups using a simple random sampling method. The data were collected between December 2019-June 2020. Read More

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Professional Educational Opportunities.

Authors:
Sigmund Hough

Sex Disabil 2021 Feb 8:1-3. Epub 2021 Feb 8.

100 Cummings Center, Suite 207, Beverly, MA 01915 USA.

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February 2021

Retrospective and Current Peer Victimization in College Students with Disabilities: Examining the Intersectionality of Sexual Orientation and Gender.

Sex Disabil 2021 Jan 2:1-15. Epub 2021 Jan 2.

Department of Education and Leadership, California State University at Monterey Bay, Marina, CA 93933 USA.

The present, exploratory study examined retrospective and current peer victimization in a multi-university sample of 58 college students with disabilities, 18 (31%) of whom identified as sexual minorities. Fifty-seven participants reported peer victimization during childhood, and approximately half reported experiencing peer victimization in the past 2 months. Students who identified as sexual minorities reported more retrospective victimization but current victimization did not differ between the two groups. Read More

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January 2021

Professional Educational Opportunities.

Authors:
Sigmund Hough

Sex Disabil 2020 Oct 24:1-4. Epub 2020 Oct 24.

Beverly, USA.

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October 2020

Contraceptive Practices and Reproductive Health Considerations for Adolescent and Adult Women with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Review of the Literature.

Sex Disabil 2019 Oct;37(4):541-557

Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA.

Whereas 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. Read More

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October 2019

Professional Educational Opportunities.

Authors:
Sigmund Hough

Sex Disabil 2020 Jul 26:1-3. Epub 2020 Jul 26.

Beverly, USA.

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"No, just an alien": disability, sexuality, and the extraterrestrial in Gloria Anzaldúa's "Interface".

J Lesbian Stud 2021 24;25(3):242-257. Epub 2020 Jul 24.

English, Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA.

In this article, we read the poem, "Interface," about a relationship between the speaker and an extraterrestrial being named Leyla. For Gloria Anzaldúa, the extraterrestrial foregrounds the spiritual, linguistic, gender, racial, and ethnic otherness that are key features of her works. Through an embrace of the alien, Leyla, Anzaldúa refuses to treat such categories as neatly separated or truly knowable. Read More

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Professional Educational Opportunities.

Authors:
Sigmund Hough

Sex Disabil 2020 Apr 24:1-3. Epub 2020 Apr 24.

Beverly, USA.

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Autism and Adult Sex Education: A Literature Review using the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Framework.

Sex Disabil 2019 Sep 12;37(3):339-351. Epub 2019 Aug 12.

Division of Developmental Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, 02215.

Adults on the autism spectrum report comparable levels of desire for sex and sexual satisfaction as adults who are not on the spectrum. However, there has been little empirical focus on the need for sexual and relationship-oriented education for youth on the spectrum as they transition to adulthood. In this review, we use the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills Model of sexual health behavior change as a lens through which to understand the experiences of adults on the autism spectrum. Read More

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September 2019

Exploring Parental Perceptions and Concerns About Sexuality and Reproductive Health of Their Child With Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) in Mumbai.

Front Sociol 2019 20;4:58. Epub 2019 Aug 20.

Centre for Health and Social Sciences, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

In India, sexuality is defined by society, which considers it as a taboo and is usually restricted to sex and related issues like sexual abuse, safe sex, unwanted pregnancy, etc. For a person with disability, sexual desires and wish for parenthood are considered as uncommon. Persons with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) are characterized by subnormal intelligence, which may partially or totally restrict the person's ability to perform day-to-day activities and take life decisions. Read More

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Exploration of the Relationship between Severe and Complex Disabilities and Child Sexual Abuse: A Call for Relevant Research.

J Child Sex Abus 2019 Oct 6;28(7):759-780. Epub 2019 Aug 6.

College of Education, University of Massachusetts , MA , USA.

Despite the awareness that children with severe and complex difficulties experience child sexual abuse (CSA), the development of research in this area is still in its infancy. This call for relevant research seeks to identify the main gaps in knowledge in order to inform future debate, potential research questions, and raise issues for practice. Themes are identified relevant to researchers and practitioners globally. Read More

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October 2019

Enhancing Psychological Sexual Health of People With Spinal Cord Injury and Their Partners in an Italian Unipolar Spinal Unit: A Pilot Data Study.

Front Psychol 2019 5;10:754. Epub 2019 Apr 5.

Unipolar Spinal Unit, Hospital Santa Maria della Misericordia, Perugia, Italy.

Like the slogan of the American Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine says, "No injury, no matter how serious, can take away your ability to have a relationship, experience love, and experience the attraction between two people." However, people with spinal cord injury (SCI) have to fight with their own and societal attitudes and stereotypes that limit sexuality to the physiological functions of genitalia, phallocentric primacy of sexual pleasure, and sexual attractiveness of perfect bodies. The scope of the present study is to evaluate the impacts of a psychoeducational intervention in a personal growth group on the sexual life of seven people with SCI and four of their partners particularly their sexual interest and satisfaction, depression, and anxiety. Read More

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Does a 2-Week Sexual Health in Rehabilitation Course Lead to Sustained Change in Students' Attitudes?-A Pilot Study.

Sex Disabil 2018 22;36(4):417-435. Epub 2018 Oct 22.

7School of Health and Welfare, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.

This pilot study aimed to explore if healthcare professional students participating in a 2-week elective course, Sexual Health in Rehabilitation (SHR), led to significant and sustained change in experienced competence and attitudes towards addressing sexual health in their future professions, when measured with the Students' Attitudes towards Sexual Health-Danish version (SA-SH-D). Comparison-group design, using the SA-SH-D at baseline, after the 2 weeks course and 3 months after completing the course. Participation in the SHR course significantly changed the students' attitudes; decreasing their fears of offending the patients and increasing their feelings of comfort in communicating about sexual health, and the results sustained during the follow-up period of 3 months. Read More

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October 2018

Sex and Relationships Education for Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis: A Service-Based Approach.

Sex Disabil 2018 22;36(4):363-376. Epub 2018 Oct 22.

2Bristol Adult CF Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, BS2 8HW UK.

Increasing life expectancy within cystic fibrosis (CF) raises challenges around previously neglected topics such as sexual and reproductive health (SRH). The study aimed to gather retrospective experiences of service provision around SRH to consider the role of the CF service, age of information provision and unmet needs highlighting possible improvements to provision. A mixed-methods retrospective survey-based design was employed. Read More

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October 2018

Sexual Activities as Risk Factors of Rotator Cuff Lesions: A Prospective Cohort Study.

Sex Disabil 2018 30;36(4):305-311. Epub 2018 Oct 30.

Medical Research Department, Artanim Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland.

The aim of this study was to analyze the occurrence of rotator cuff impingement due to reduction of subacromial space height during complex shoulder motion to determine safety of sexual activities. The hypothesis was that such activities could be deleterious if not performed with precaution. To use a patient-specific 3D measurement technique coupling medical imaging and optical motion capture to evaluate the safety of various sexual positions according to subacromial compression. Read More

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October 2018

Women Who Love: An Explorative Study on Experiences of Lesbian and Bisexual Women with a Mild Intellectual Disability in The Netherlands.

Sex Disabil 2018 1;36(3):249-264. Epub 2018 Feb 1.

1Governor Kremers Centre, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Empirical research that addresses sexual orientation in people with an intellectual disability (ID) is limited, and very little is known regarding the personal experiences of lesbian and bisexual women with ID. This study set out to answer the question: Ten lesbian and bisexual women (average age of 33 years) with a mild intellectual disability took part in our study comprising of semi-structured interviews. Participants reported that they had found it hard to talk to others about sensitive subjects such as their sexuality, and had been left to figure out information regarding their sexual orientation without support or guidance. Read More

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February 2018

How is sexuality after stroke experienced by stroke survivors and partners of stroke survivors? A systematic review of qualitative studies.

Clin Rehabil 2019 Feb 5;33(2):293-303. Epub 2018 Sep 5.

4 Discipline of Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Lidcombe, NSW, Australia.

Objective:: To synthesise how post-stroke sexuality is experienced by stroke survivors and partners of stroke survivors.

Methods:: MEDLINE, PubMed, SCOPUS, CINAHL and PsycINFO were searched from inception to May 2018 using a combination of relevant Medical Subject Headings and Free Text Terms. Only papers published in English reporting original qualitative research were included. Read More

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February 2019

Differences in Sexual Behavior of Teenagers and Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy: The Role of Sexual Needs and Sexual Esteem.

Sex Disabil 2018;36(1):33-46. Epub 2017 Nov 29.

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin, Poland.

Sexuality is an inherent attribute of all human beings regardless of their race, religion and the level of physical fitness. The way it is perceived and manifested is determined by a number of biopsychosocial factors. In some people, including persons with cerebral palsy, the factors and their influence are rooted in the psychophysical condition of the human body. Read More

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November 2017

Disability culturally competent sexual healthcare.

Am Psychol 2017 Dec;72(9):1000-1010

Arizona State University.

Though cultural competence and inclusion of diverse identities are increasingly emphasized in psychological training and practice, sexual health and well-being among people with disabilities (PWD) continue to be underrecognized areas in which disability cultural competence is needed. The experience of disability is best conceptualized as an interaction between physical, sensory, or cognitive differences and environmental and sociocultural contexts that facilitate or impede adaptive functioning; these complex interactions, coupled with an individual's age, gender, ethnicity, religious background, and sexual orientation, often inform one's sexual health and well-being. Disability can be thought of as a minority cultural status-a marginalized and stigmatized identity. Read More

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December 2017

Denial of sexual rights: insights from lives of women with visual impairment in India.

Authors:
Nidhi Goyal

Reprod Health Matters 2017 05;25(50):138-146

a Programme Director, Sexuality and Disability, Sexuality and Disability , Point of View , Mumbai , India .

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Sexuality and Disability in Adolescents.

Pediatr Clin North Am 2017 04 13;64(2):435-449. Epub 2017 Feb 13.

Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Women's L 4000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.

Healthy sexual development is important for adolescents with and without disabilities, yet the topic of sexuality is often ignored in the disabled population. Adolescents with mild or moderate degrees of disability have rates of sexual activity and reproductive health needs comparable to their typically developing peers. Their need for support, risk reduction, and education in sexual health may exceed that of their peers. Read More

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A Training Course for Psychologists: Learning to Assess (Alleged) Sexual Abuse Among Victims and Perpetrators Who Have Intellectual Disabilities.

Sex Disabil 2017;35(1):39-44. Epub 2017 Feb 2.

Department of Tranzo, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, 5037AB Tilburg, The Netherlands.

People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are at greater risk of being a victim of sexual abuse and may also be more predisposed to perpetrating sexual abuse. Although the prevalence of sexual abuse among people with ID is difficult to determine, it is clear that there are serious consequences for both victims and perpetrators, and professional support is needed. Psychologists play an important role in the assessment of sexual abuse in both victims and perpetrators and require specific knowledge and skills to execute the assessments. Read More

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February 2017

People with Intellectual Disabilities Talk About Sexuality: Implications for the Development of Sex Education.

Sex Disabil 2017;35(1):21-38. Epub 2016 Dec 16.

Gouverneur Kremers Centrum, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Existing sex education programmes have failed in involving people with intellectual disabilities in the development of these programmes. Not involving the target population decreases the likelihood that the sex education programme will be effective. This study was conducted to assess the perspectives of people with intellectual disabilities on several sexuality-related topics. Read More

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December 2016

Changes in Sexuality, Body Image and Health Related Quality of Life in Patients Treated for Hematologic Malignancies: A Longitudinal Study.

Sex Disabil 2016;34(4):367-388. Epub 2016 Oct 15.

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.

Longitudinal studies exploring sexuality, body image and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) are lacking in patients treated with chemo- or chemoimmuno-therapy for hematologic malignancies. The aim was to describe and explore changes in sexuality, body image and HRQoL in patients treated for hematologic malignancies, from baseline until 6 months after treatment. Twenty patients above 45 years (median age 62) treated for DLBCL, CLL or AML participated. Read More

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October 2016

Why Has So Little Progress Been Made in the Practice of Occupational Therapy in Relation to Sexuality?

Am J Occup Ther 2016 Jan-Feb;70(1):7001360010p1-5

Dikaios Sakellariou, PhD, MSc, BSc, is Lecturer, School of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales.

Despite recognition of the rights of disabled people to sexuality, occupational therapists continue to not address sexuality in practice. This failure can be understood as a consequence of social discourses relating to sexuality and disability and a professional discourse that values certain occupations over others. Given the importance of sexuality to the human experience and the evidence of the link between the opportunity for sexual expression and well-being, occupational therapists need to change their practice in relation to sexuality and disability. Read More

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British Attitudes Towards Sexuality in Men and Women with Intellectual Disabilities: A Comparison Between White Westerners and South Asians.

Sex Disabil 2015;33(4):429-445. Epub 2015 Nov 3.

Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX UK.

Although sexuality is a fundamental aspect of human existence, public attitudes towards the sexuality of people with intellectual disabilities may vary. In particular, different ethnic communities may have different perspectives. These differing perspectives may impact on the opportunities and support available for people with intellectual disabilities to express sexuality within 'normalized' life experiences. Read More

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November 2015