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ERIC Number: EJ947308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Attitudes toward Intimacy with Persons Who Are Wheelchair Users
Marini, Irmo; Chan, Roy; Feist, Amber; Flores-Torres, Lelia
Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, v25 n1-2 p15-26 2011
The present study explored whether students would be attracted to having an intimate relationship with a wheelchair user if participants were able to first see a head shot photo and later read a short biography of the person. Four hundred and eight undergraduate students were surveyed regarding their interest in potentially being friends, dating or marrying a wheelchair user. Sixty-six percent indicated they would have no problem dating and/or marrying a wheelchair user. A MANOVA revealed significant differences between gender, type of relationship, and experience with a prior disability relationship. Personal characteristics of intelligence, humor and appearance rated most highly. Those unwilling to date and/or marry their selection cited that the partner would be too much work, interaction would be awkward, and the partner would be sick often. Educators may benefit from training counselors about misconceptions regarding sexuality, whereas counselors can role play and provide clients with insights regarding societal beliefs. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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