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Nosek MA, Howland CA, Rintala DH, Young ME, and Chanpong GF. National Study of Women with Physical Disabilities: Final Report. Houston: Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, 1997.

The study examined a broad range of issues facing women with physical disabilities. It consisted of two phases. Phase I was a qualitative interview study of 31 women with physical disabilities which helped us understand all the various aspects of sexuality from the point of view of the woman with a disability. Quotes from these women are scattered throughout the report. The themes we identified in these interviews fell into six basic domains: 1) sense of self , 2) relationship issues, 3) information about sexuality, 4) sexual functioning, 5) abuse, and 6) general and reproductive health. With the assistance of national and local advisors, including consumers, researchers, medical professionals, social workers, and educators, the research team developed a questionnaire that represented all the primary themes from the qualitative study and issues raised in the literature. In Phase II, we identified 1,150 women with physical disabilities around the country who volunteered to participate in the study or who were recruited through independent living centers in each federal region. We sent each of them two copies of this questionnaire, one for her to complete and one for her to give to an able-bodied female friend to complete. We received responses from 45% of this sample, or a total of 946 women, 504 of whom had physical disabilities and 442 who did not have disabilities.

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