Date of Award
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Discussing sexual participation with a client who has experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI) can be a critical component to addressing their overall occupational needs during the rehabilitation process. Literature has shown that education on sexual intimacy following their injury is often neglected during therapy due to the sensitive nature of the topic (Federici, Artegianai, Pigliautile, Antonelli, Diotallevi, Ritacco, & Maschke, 2019; Hess & Hough, 2012; Walker, Otte, LeMond, Hess, Kaizer, Faulkner, & Christy, 2020). Overlooking the topic of sexual intimacy during the client’s rehabilitation process can impact the client psychologically by decreasing their self-esteem and confidence, their desire to participate in sexual intimacy, as well as their relationship with their significant other.
Arnhalt, Michelle and Beatty, Taylor, "Addressing Sexual Intimacy Post-Spinal Cord Injury with Clients and their Significant Other" (2021). Occupational Therapy Capstones. 466.