Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 25–39 | Cite as

Sexual Experiences of People with Physical Disabilities in Vietnam

  • Thi Tu An NguyenEmail author
  • Dell Horey
  • Pranee Liamputtong
Original Paper


This paper discusses the sexual experiences of people with physical disabilities in Vietnam. The research on which this paper is based adopted a qualitative research with in-depth interviewing in combination with the photo elicitation method. Twenty Participants with physical disabilities participated in this study. During the interviews, participants were offered the options of drawing a picture or selecting some images from a small photo library that expressed their thoughts if they found questions difficult to answer. The findings revealed sexual experiences of people with physical disabilities regarding premarital sex, sexual activities, types of sex and orgasm. They expressed that they experienced sexuality in many ways. This research also found some sexual problems and participants’ sexual desire. Despite some limitations caused by their disabilities, they were still satisfied with their sexual activities. However, some encountered sexual problems, particularly coercion and other difficulties such as abuse and domestic violence. Although they experienced some challenges with their sexual lives, they tried to deal with these problems in order to have a better sexual life.


People with physical disabilities Sexual health Sexual experiences Coercion Vietnam 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ArtsMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.School of Psychology and Public Health, College of Science, Health and EngineeringLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia
  3. 3.School of Science and HealthWestern Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

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