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‘MTSU On the Record’ discusses myths, misconceptio...

‘MTSU On the Record’ discusses myths, misconceptions about quadriplegic sexuality

The ways in which quadriplegics make their lives more fulfilling through sexual relationships was the topic of discussion on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

MTSU's Gerald Christian, a doctoral student in human performance, who has conducted research into quadriplegic sexuality. (Photo submitted)

Gerald Christian

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Gerald Christian, a doctoral candidate majoring in human performance, first aired Dec. 8 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.

You can listen to their conversation via the Soundcloud link above.

Christian, a Savannah, Tennessee, native, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in school counseling. The 31-year-old Christian was a promising high school athlete when he became paralyzed in an accident at age 16.

His research indicates that quadriplegics believe people without disabilities see them as nonsexual. His study also finds that the majority of the participants view sex as a leisure activity that contributes to their quality of life.

One of Christian’s most unique findings was that quadriplegics consider “giving” to be an important part of sex.

“The quadriplegics in this study (said they) love to give pleasure,” Christian said. “Being a ‘giver’ (means) placing more of an importance on their partner’s pleasure and needs over their own.”

The study, “Quadriplegic Sexuality: Demystifying Misconceptions,” was published earlier this year in the academic journal Leisure Sciences.

Co-authors are health and human performance professor Joey Gray, post-retirement sociology professor Jackie Eller and human performance graduate student Kelsie Roberts.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.


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