Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Cherie Graves


Activities of Daily Living; Occupational Therapy -- methods; Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological -- rehabilitation; Sexuality; Spinal Cord Injuries -- rehabilitation


The topic of sexuality has not been addressed in its entirety within the profession of occupational therapy and has been identified by patients as a need in order to receive comprehensive and holistic care (New, Seddon, Redpath, Currie, and Warren, 2016). More specifically, with 12,500 new cases of spinal cord injury (SCI) that occur each year, in addition to the significant impact on body functions that result from SCI, the topic of sexuality needs particular attention with this population (National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 2015). The purpose of this scholarly project was to create a manual supported by literature that can be used by occupational therapists working with patients with SCI in the inpatient rehabilitation setting to address sexuality. The authors conducted an in-depth literature review regarding the topic of sexuality in the healthcare setting as well as sexuality with the SCI population. The authors created a manual, guided by the Ecology of Human Performance (EHP) model and the ALLOW model. These models provide structure to the occupational therapy treatment process, from the evaluation to the outcomes. The manual is to be used as a reference, a resource, and a guide for occupational therapists to use when addressing sexuality with patients with SCI in the inpatient rehabilitation setting.