Testing, testing 123. The interest flowing in regarding my last post has rekindled my passion for sharing my research with others. For more information about said research, please refer to Silenced Voices Speak. Traversing through the more than 60 pages of my sociological qualitative interviews and related analysis is proving to be an adventure. Robust with literature review, methodology, findings and analysis, I will do my best to present selections of the academic information in a manner that is, hopefully, easily understood. Though my thesis was written in 2011, the themes and experiences of people with physical disabilities are still relevant.
I will begin with a description of the research question and then proceed to help you understand why this study is important in the first place. Please let me know if anybody is reading this, which I hope you all are! Additionally, feel free to ask me questions. My goals of sharing this research with you are to increase awareness and provide opportunities for us to change the way we perceive people with physical disabilities, specifically with regard to romance and sexual identity. Here goes!
The research question in this study asks how people with physical disabilities perceive their socialization to affect their experiences as sexual beings. The purpose of this research is to understand how socialization impacts the beliefs and expectations that people with physical disabilities have regarding romantic relationships and sexual identity.
The conceptualization of physical disability is defined as the presentation of permanent physical traits pertaining to mobility, speech, and vision regarded as abnormal by mainstream society. Disabilities may be present at birth or acquired thereafter. This conceptualization of physical disability does not include cognitive disabilities. Examples of physical disabilities of participants in the sample include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and vision loss. Identity as a sexual being pertains to the interplay of factors including desire for affection, acceptance of self, acceptance by others, relationship development, sexual exploration and/or gratification. (Peiss, 2002).