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NeuroRehabilitation. 2000;15(2):121-131.

Sexual expression following spinal cord injury.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA.


Sexual adjustment, defined within this study as post-injury sexual views of the self, among 109 men and 86 women with spinal cord injury (SCI) was explored through cognitive adaptation theory [30]. It was predicted that cognitive adaptation constructs (i.e., personal control, optimism, meaning, and self-esteem) and sexual self-esteem would be predictive of sexual adjustment. It was also hypothesized that sexual self-esteem would be predictive of sexual adjustment over and above cognitive adaptation constructs. A series of hierarchical regression models were performed with results being consistent with proposed hypotheses. Implications for rehabilitation professionals are discussed and clinical suggestions are provided.

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