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Title: Sexual issues and concerns : tales of Chinese women with spinal cord impairments
Authors: Li, CM
Yau, MK
Keywords: Culture
Health care
Physical disability
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Springer
Source: Sexuality and disability, 2006, v. 24 , no. 1, p. 1-26 How to cite?
Journal: Sexuality and disability 
Abstract: Much has been written about the pathophysiological impact of spinal cord impairment (SCI) on sexual function in women, yet the literature offers only sparse coverage of its psychological and emotional impacts on female sexuality, and the factors which may influence the maintenance of sexual identity as a woman with physical disability. To gain insights into sexual experiences and concerns, in-depth interviews were conducted with 10 Chinese women with SCI. Narrative data on marital relationships, sexual identity, sexual knowledge, and sexual satisfaction was transcribed and the content analyzed. When disability intrudes in a woman's life, sexuality is reshaped against the foundation of previous sexual experiences and expectations, especially for women who acquired disabilities in adulthood. Constructions of sexuality among these women encompassed broader areas than the sexual act alone. These included the couple's adjustment to her disabilities, society's perception of a woman's image, internalization of messages about women's roles within the family, the attitude of health professionals towards sexuality, and the onset of disability. Sexuality is an important health concern for women who live with long-term physical disabilities and should be acknowledged by sensitive and responsive health practices. Health care professionals need to renounce the sexual myths and stereotypes and genuinely attempt to understand the possible impact of SCI on women's sexuality.
ISSN: 0146-1044 (print)
1573-6717 (online)
DOI: 10.1007/s11195-005-9000-6
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