Patterns of Sexual Behaviour among Persons with Disability in Ekiti State, Nigeria

Blessing B. I. Babalola, Federal University Oye-Ekiti
Ezebunwa Nwokocha

Literature is replete with patterns of sexual behaviour among the non-disabled and adolescents, but few studies exist on the patterns of sexual behaviour among persons with disabilities, despite their sexual vulnerabilities. It is based on this background that this study seeks to examine the patterns of sexual behaviour among persons with disability in Ekiti State, Nigeria. The objective of this study was achieved through the instrument of an in-depth interview. Data obtained from 13 in-depth interviews were analyzed using manual content analysis. The study revealed that persons with disability engage in sexual intercourse, experience early age at sexual debut, some males initiate sexual intercourse and both gender experienced rape. Furthermore, supports from non-disabled friends enabled persons with disability to initiate sexual relationship and avoid risky sexual activities. Support systems should be provided for persons with disability in order to enhance their sexual behaviour and prevent risky sexual behaviour.

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  Presented in Session P2. Poster Session 2