Research Repository

Intimacy, intercourse and adjustments: Experiences of sexual life of a group of people with physical disabilities in South Africa

Hunt, Xanthe and Braathen, Stine Hellum and Swartz, Leslie and Carew, Mark Thomas and Rohleder, Poul (2018) 'Intimacy, intercourse and adjustments: Experiences of sexual life of a group of people with physical disabilities in South Africa.' Journal of Health Psychology, 23 (2). 289 - 305. ISSN 1359-1053

[img]
Preview
Text
Accepted manuscript - JHP - Rohleder.pdf - Accepted Version

Download (929kB) | Preview

Abstract

There is a growing recognition of the sexual and reproductive rights of people with disabilities, and since the World Health Organisation’s World Report on Disability, increased international attention has been given to these issues. Past research, however, suggests that this group encounter barriers to sexual and reproductive rights, which are both physical and attitudinal. Against this backdrop, this article employs a sequential mixed qualitative methodology to explore the practical and subjective experiences of 13 people with physical disabilities in South Africa, with regard to their sexual lives and experiences of sexuality. These experiences were marked by concerns about their ‘fitness’ as sexual beings and indicated that social forces were key in shaping their expectations for their own sexual life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: photovoice, physical disability, sexual and reproductive health, sexual script theory, sexuality
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 13:53
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23148

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item