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Heather Wilder (Committee Member), Julie Williams (Committee Chair), Betty Yung (Committee Member)

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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


The study of sexual satisfaction and pleasure in Women with Disabilities (WwD) represents a significant gap in the current literature. The present study, using a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach, attempted to explore several areas of the sexual satisfaction of WwD. An internet-based survey was used to gather information in five specific areas: the messages WwD had received about sexuality and disability, their personal feelings about sexuality and disability, the specific elements that contribute to their sexual satisfaction, the amount of useful education and information they had received from mental and physical healthcare providers regarding their sexuality as WwD, and the degree to which professionals and institutions have negatively affected their sexual satisfaction. Results reflected the particular importance of several relational aspects of sexual satisfaction, as well as the importance of body image for WwD. Implications for the provision of services to WwD and for future research are discussed.

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School of Professional Psychology

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Psychology Commons