YOUNG WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES AND PERCEPTIONS OF SEXUALITY AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Tarconish, Emily Jo
Master of Science
Date of Defense:
Dr Conyers, Thesis Advisor/Co-Advisor Margaret Lorrah, Thesis Advisor/Co-Advisor Lisa M Conyers, Thesis Advisor/Co-Advisor
brain injury rehabiltation women sexuality
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability for persons under 45 years of age, affecting 2 million Americans every year. Two age groups, including 0-4 and 15-19 years of age, most frequently acquire TBI and men encompass approximately 62% of those injured (CDC, 2010). As a result, most of the literature describes generalized experiences of symptomology, which are based on accounts provided by men (Ponsford, 2003).The purpose of this study is to examine young women’s experiences of brain injury paying particular attention to how the symptoms of injury affect and have affected their experiences and perceptions of sexuality, and their sexual behaviors.