Sexuality: Experience of Women with Physical Disabilities

Rosilene Santos Baptista, Lorita Marlena Freitag Pagliuca, Antonia Ferreira Alves Sampaio, Inacia Sátiro Xavier de França
2014 Open Journal of Nursing  
It was aimed to describe the experiences at the practice of sexuality of women with physical disabilities. This study is part of a doctoral thesis entitled sexuality in women with acquired deficiency: nursing in health promotion and empowerment. It was conducted an exploratory descriptive study with qualitative approach, which was carried out from June to October, in the year of 2010. The survey participants were six women members of an association of people with physical disabilities. Data
more » ... ection was based on focal group. Analysis and discussion by means of the classification of the speeches were performed according to the analysis of content and pertinent literature. In the results, the following categories and sub-categories were identified: concepts, covering self-image and sexuality; social actors, responsible for the promotion of sexuality, with highlight for men, family and health professionals; challenges experienced in the practice of sexuality, with highlight on prejudice and fear of sexual abuse due to the disability. We could state that the focus groups favored the discussion and the self-knowledge of the women with respect to sexuality.
doi:10.4236/ojn.2014.413098 fatcat:yorn4bte75gkrfniuiyvyhx6ri