Is it contingent upon some level of economic status, education, a level of physical health and functional ability, or mental and emotional well-being?
Although the type and frequency of participation in sexual activity varies from person to person, differs within cultures, and potentially changes as one ages, physical intimacy is a primary aspect of being human and plays a key role in quality of life. Quality of life is a concept that exists without a concrete, consensus definition.
Marietta was among the dozen or so guests already seated at the table when he finally arrived, half frozen, snow still clinging to his hair.
“I couldn’t tell you who else was in the room that night,” Stephen said like a bashful teenager, years later.
Studies that examine the various aspects of partner selection, factors that contribute to successful marriage, and factors that lead to the dissolution of relationships have also been well represented in the literature, but rarely has disability in women been included as a variable.
Our study offered the unprecedented opportunity to examine many unanswered questions about the relationship experiences of women with a variety of physical disabilities.
A study of dating issues for 250 single women with physical disabilities and 180 single women without disabilities was undertaken to determine (a) differences between women with and without disabilities and (b) predictors of dating outcomes for women with disabilities.We looked at personal factors, such as attitudes toward dating and marriage, sexual orientation, and disability type and severity; behavioral factors, such as dating patterns, number of marriages, and the effect of disability on the partner's behavior; and environmental factors, such as social attitudes and family expectations.In these analyses, we paid close attention to differences in the experiences of women who had acquired disability earlier versus later in life.Stephen remembers vividly the first time he saw Marietta.He was late for a dinner party one stormy evening in February.Women with disabilities were disadvantaged on all but (e).