Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Research Abstracts

Evaluation of sexual satisfaction levels of physically disabled individuals

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Department of Psychiatry, NP Istanbul Neuropsychiatry Hospital, Istanbul-Turkey

Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology 2015; 25: Supplement S133-S133
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Objective: It is well known that physically disabled individuals face a variety of problems in different areas of life, one of the most important areas being their sex life. The subject of sex life of physically disabled individuals has not been comprehensively evaluated. In this study, we researched sexual function and satisfaction levels associated with physical disabilities.

Methods: This study used comparative analysis to investigate survey results obtained from orthopedically handicapped and deaf (n=35) and able-bodied volunteers (n=50). The participants were evaluated by The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D), The Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), Arizona Sexual Experiences Scale (ASEX) and Golombok-Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction Scale (GRISS).

Results: Comparative analysis of ASEX and GRISS scores of the disabled and able-bodied showed that average results of the ASEX scale for the disabled were significantly higher compared to able bodied, although there is no significant difference detected in GRISS scale results. Research data of Total GRISS Male Score as well as subscales showed that premature ejaculation levels of males with physical disabilities are significantly higher than in the control group. Research data of Total GRISS Female Score as well as subscales showed that vaginismus levels of females with physical disabilities are significantly higher than in the control group. However, there is no significant difference between the results of orthopedically handicapped and deaf persons. The study showed that physical disabilities adversely affect the sexual satisfaction and function.

Conclusion: It can be suggested that further clinical research with more participants who have disabilities and sexual education and counseling can be planned for physically disabled individuals.

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