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Sexual identity and orientation in adult men and women with spina bifida.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Szymanski, KM; Hensel, DJ; Wiener, JS; Whittam, B; Cain, MP; Misseri, R
Published in: J Pediatr Rehabil Med
December 11, 2017

PURPOSE: Sexuality has received little attention in spina bifida (SB) care. The aim of this study was to assess sexual identity and orientation in adults with SB. METHODS: An international online survey to adults with SB was administered over 10-months (recruitment: SB clinics, SB organizations via social media). Collected data included demographics, sexual identity and orientation. Non-parametric tests were used for analysis. RESULTS: Median age of 77 men and 119 women was 35 years old (52.0% shunted, 48.5% community ambulators, 42.3% outside United States). Most commonly, men identified as male (96.1%), while 1.3% each described themselves as female, transgender and other. All women reporting sexual identity identified as female (99.2%), 0.8% not providing an answer. Most men reported heterosexual orientation (89.6%), followed by gay (7.8%) and bisexual (2.6%). Most women reported heterosexual orientation (84.9%), followed by bisexual (10.4%), gay/lesbian (2.5%), asexual (0.8%) and other (1.7%). CONCLUSION: As in the general population, sexual identity typically coincides with biological gender. Sexual orientation of adults with SB mirrors the general population. Due to self-selection, these findings likely do not reflect exact prevalence in the SB population.

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J Pediatr Rehabil Med

DOI

EISSN

1875-8894

Publication Date

December 11, 2017

Volume

10

Issue

3-4

Start / End Page

313 / 317

Location

Netherlands

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Spinal Dysraphism
  • Sexuality
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Health Surveys
  • Gender Identity
  • Female
  • Aged
 

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Szymanski, K. M., Hensel, D. J., Wiener, J. S., Whittam, B., Cain, M. P., & Misseri, R. (2017). Sexual identity and orientation in adult men and women with spina bifida. J Pediatr Rehabil Med, 10(3–4), 313–317. https://doi.org/10.3233/PRM-170462
Szymanski, Konrad M., Devon J. Hensel, John S. Wiener, Benjamin Whittam, Mark P. Cain, and Rosalia Misseri. “Sexual identity and orientation in adult men and women with spina bifida.J Pediatr Rehabil Med 10, no. 3–4 (December 11, 2017): 313–17. https://doi.org/10.3233/PRM-170462.
Szymanski KM, Hensel DJ, Wiener JS, Whittam B, Cain MP, Misseri R. Sexual identity and orientation in adult men and women with spina bifida. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2017 Dec 11;10(3–4):313–7.
Szymanski, Konrad M., et al. “Sexual identity and orientation in adult men and women with spina bifida.J Pediatr Rehabil Med, vol. 10, no. 3–4, Dec. 2017, pp. 313–17. Pubmed, doi:10.3233/PRM-170462.
Szymanski KM, Hensel DJ, Wiener JS, Whittam B, Cain MP, Misseri R. Sexual identity and orientation in adult men and women with spina bifida. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2017 Dec 11;10(3–4):313–317.

Published In

J Pediatr Rehabil Med

DOI

EISSN

1875-8894

Publication Date

December 11, 2017

Volume

10

Issue

3-4

Start / End Page

313 / 317

Location

Netherlands

Related Subject Headings

  • United States
  • Spinal Dysraphism
  • Sexuality
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Health Surveys
  • Gender Identity
  • Female
  • Aged