Knowledge of Sexuality and Reproductive Health of People with Physical Disabilities in Vietnam

Nguyen, T, Liamputtong, P, Horey, D and Monfries, M 2018, 'Knowledge of Sexuality and Reproductive Health of People with Physical Disabilities in Vietnam', Sexuality and Disability, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 3-18.


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Title Knowledge of Sexuality and Reproductive Health of People with Physical Disabilities in Vietnam
Author(s) Nguyen, T
Liamputtong, P
Horey, D
Monfries, M
Year 2018
Journal name Sexuality and Disability
Volume number 36
Issue number 1
Start page 3
End page 18
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer
Abstract This paper discusses the knowledge of sexual and reproductive health among people with physical disabilities in Vietnam. A qualitative research design was adopted. In-depth interviewing and photo elicitation methods were used to collect stories from 20 participants. The findings suggest that without formal education about sexual and reproductive health people with physical disabilities in Vietnam gain knowledge through their experiences and from informal sources of information. Participants perceived safe sex to include contraceptive methods, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, having orgasm together and finding balance between health and sexual needs. Participants related reproductive health to fertility, restriction of family size, sexually transmitted diseases, and self-care in pregnancy. Reasons for insufficient knowledge included limited education due to: disability and poor family background; limited education on sexual and reproductive health issues; absence of family and community discourse about sexual and reproductive health; and lack of information resources. Participants acknowledged that their knowledge was inadequate. They wanted to know more about sexual and reproductive health but lacked access to the relevant information. Health care providers, researchers, and policy-makers in Vietnam should address the gaps in sexual and reproductive health care knowledge among people with disabilities in Vietnam and those that provide care to them.
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Keyword(s) Knowledge
Physical disabilities
Reproductive health
Sexual health
Vietnam
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s11195-017-9515-7
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ISSN 0146-1044
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