Examining the Social, Romantic and Sexual Experiences of Individuals with ABI

Examining the Social, Romantic and Sexual Experiences of Individuals with ABI

Following brain injury, many survivors undergo a transformation that impacts their self-image, emotionality, and self-esteem. To date, few studies have focused on how acquired brain injury (ABI) impacts survivors’ own impressions of their social opportunities and romantic relationships in an in-depth way. In the Saskatchewan context, there seems to be an erasure of the sexual and romantic desires of persons with ABI, evidenced by the shortage of resources dedicated to addressing these domains of life. The aim of the current study was to bring attention to the social, sexual, and romantic experiences of a small group of survivors living in Saskatoon, Canada. Thematic, narrative, and global analyses provided insight into the everyday experiences, identities, and sexual and romantic aspirations of survivors. Analyses also revealed various opportunities, challenges, and obstacles faced by survivors in navigating sociality, desire, and intimacy following ABI. These findings, along with theoretical and practical implications, are discussed