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Women with Complete Spinal Cord Injury: A Phenomenological Study of Sexuality and Relationship Experiences

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The phenomenological study described in this paper examines the sexuality and relationship “lived experiences” of 15 adult women who sustained complete spinal cord injury between the levels of T6 and L2 verified by a physiatrist. Audiotaped, semi-structured interviews were conducted by an interdisciplinary team of investigators. A set of themes and sequentially consistent patterns emerged from post-injury data that were labelled: Cognitive-genital dissociation, sexual disenfranchisement, sexual exploration, and sexuality reintegration. Sexuality and relationship issues in women with complete SCI are discussed, and indications for future studies and educational implications are presented.

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Richards, E., Tepper, M., Whipple, B. et al. Women with Complete Spinal Cord Injury: A Phenomenological Study of Sexuality and Relationship Experiences. Sexuality and Disability 15, 271–283 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1024773431670

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  • female sexuality post SCI
  • relationships post SCI
  • cognitive-genital dissociation
  • sexual disenfranchisement
  • sexual exploration
  • sexuality reintegration