Sexual Lives and Family Function of Women with Family Member with Disability: Educational Status and Income Level

ZİNCİR H., ÖZKAN F., Erten Z. K., Sevig E. Ü.

SEXUALITY AND DISABILITY, vol.29, no.3, pp.197-206, 2011 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11195-011-9218-4
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.197-206
  • Keywords: Disabled, Family, Family functions, Sexual lives, Turkey, CHILDREN
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


This study was conducted to determine how sexual lives and family functions of women with low educational and income status who had family members with disability were influenced. The study included subjects with disability comprising 12.29% of Turkish population who have disabilities. Using the sampling formula in which the size of universe was known, the sample included the families with 183 children with disability and women. Study was conducted in the center of the province Kayseri with children with disability in families with low socio-economic status, attending a school and with the families living in a neighborhood with low socio-economic status. Low income level determined unhealthiness and 56.8% of the participants reported to have problems in sexual relation. Sexual lives and family functions of women with low educational status and income level were determined to be negatively more affected because of an additional problem; having a member with disability in the family.