YOUNG WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES AND PERCEPTIONS OF SEXUALITY AFTER TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Open Access
Author:
Tarconish, Emily Jo
Graduate Program:
Counselor Education
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
None
Committee Members:
  • Dr Conyers, Thesis Advisor
  • Margaret Lorrah, Thesis Advisor
  • Lisa M Conyers, Thesis Advisor
Keywords:
  • brain injury
  • rehabiltation
  • women
  • sexuality
Abstract:
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.