Short Title:Sexual rehabilitation services after spinal cord injury: What do women want?
Journal:Sexuality and Disability
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):05, 23, 2, 81-107
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 women with spinal cord injury (SCI) to better understand their experiences and concerns related to inpatient sexual rehabilitation. Topics included the amount and type of inpatient sexual education and counseling experiences, sexual concerns after injury, and suggestions regarding sexual rehabilitation approaches and activities. Themes emerging from the data included the importance of timing and honoring individual differences. Only 2 women reported receiving in-depth sexual rehabilitation services. Participants spoke of shifting priorities and perceptions about sexuality over time and provided suggestions about how inpatient facilities and healthcare providers could accommodate and encourage women's sexual priorities and needs.