Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
BEZERRA, Camilla Pontes and PAGLIUCA, Lorita Marlena Freitag. The experience of sexuality by visually impaired adolescents. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2010, vol.44, n.3, pp. 578-583. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342010000300005.
The combination between transformations in adolescence, the indefiniteness they are accompanied by and the visual impairment justifies a study about the sexual experience of female, visually impaired adolescents included in society and in the school community. Five adolescents were interviewed at a Pedagogical Support Center. Questions attempted to find out their knowledge and understanding about the cause of their visual impairment, family composition and orientations, affective-sexual experience, level of knowledge about sexuality-related issues, including contraceptive methods and sexually transmitted diseases. Results revealed that these adolescents display the same sexuality development characteristics of their age group, though they have particular characteristics. It was observed there is a lack of knowledge regarding contraceptive methods and sexually transmitted diseases, of which the adolescents have superficial information. Making knowledge on the referred issues accessible to this population is indispensible.
Keywords : Sexuality; Adolescent; Visually impaired persons; Nursing.