Sexuality erased, questioned, and explored: the experiences of South Africans with physical disabilities

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Rohleder, P., Braathen, Stine Hellum, Hunt, Xanthe, Carew, Mark T. and Swartz, Leslie 2018. Sexuality erased, questioned, and explored: the experiences of South Africans with physical disabilities. Psychology & Sexuality. 9 (4), pp. 369-379.
AuthorsRohleder, P., Braathen, Stine Hellum, Hunt, Xanthe, Carew, Mark T. and Swartz, Leslie
Abstract

The sexuality of people with disabilities has historically been a site of oppression and discrimination. The sexuality of people with disabilities remains relatively under-researched and poorly understood. As a result, many myths and misconceptions about the sexuality of people with disabilities may prevail. This paper reports on findings from a qualitative study exploring the experiences of 13 people with physical disabilities in South Africa. A thematic analysis was conducted to explore how the sexuality of participants are constructed by others, as revealed by reported interactions with non-disabled people. Results show that often the sexuality of people with disabilities is erased by others, or they are questioned, often in prejudiced ways, and less frequently they are explored in intimate relationships.

JournalPsychology & Sexuality
Journal citation9 (4), pp. 369-379
ISSN1941-9899
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/19419899.2018.1500935
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2018.1500935
Publication dates
Online02 Aug 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited11 Sep 2018
Accepted12 Jul 2018
Accepted12 Jul 2018
Copyright information© 2018 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Psychology & Sexuality on 02/08/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19419899.2018.1500935.
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