Sexual expression following spinal cord injury

Linda R. Mona*, James S. Krause, Fran H. Norris, Rebecca P. Cameron, Seth C. Kalichman, Linda M. Lesondak

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-131
Number of pages11
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000


  • Disability
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sexual self-esteem
  • Sexuality
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology

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