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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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MOURA, Giovana Raquel de  and  PEDRO, Eva Néri Rubim. Visually impaired teenagers: perceptions on sexuality. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2006, vol.14, n.2, pp. 220-226. ISSN 0104-1169.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692006000200011.

This exploratory-descriptive study aimed to reveal perceptions of visually impaired teenagers on their sexuality. Data was collected from May to June 2004 by means of semistructured interviews, carried out with eight visually impaired teenagers studying at an institution in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The collected information was analyzed through content analysis according to Bardin. Two main categories emerged: Sexuality and Socio-behavioral changes. The research participants lack information on various sexuality-related issues, such as: knowledge on physiology, anatomy, affection and preventive care. Health professionals, especially nurses, need to be prepared to deal with these issues and to contribute to the development of a healthy sexuality of these individuals.

Keywords : adolescent; sexuality; blindness; nursing.

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