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How do relationships change in a marriage after a spinal cord injury?

How do relationships change in a marriage after a spinal cord injury?

Nancy Rosenberg, PsyD

Psychology Clinical Specialist and Director, Peer Mentor Programs, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia

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Marriages can be tricky when the partner has a spinal cord injury.  Number one, one of the things you have to think about it is pre-morbid, or prior to the injury, what was the marriage like?  If the marriage was solid, and for a long time ... Show More

Marriages can be tricky when the partner has a spinal cord injury.  Number one, one of the things you have to think about it is pre-morbid, or prior to the injury, what was the marriage like?  If the marriage was solid, and for a long time has been surviving nicely through difficult times, in all likelihood, it will continue to do that after a spinal cord injury.  If the marriage was challenging prior to the injury, it might be more work to keep it progressing, moving forward, in a good way.  Sexuality is often a big part of marital relationships, and with these kinds of injuries, it’s often different.  And so, people have to navigate that, they have to figure out, “How are we going to be sexually intimate with one another now that my loved one’s body parts are compromised, they’re not working the way they did before?”  So, it takes a degree of closeness really, and a good marital l foundation in order to work on those kinds of issues.  

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How do relationships change in a marriage after a spinal cord injury?

Nancy Rosenberg, PsyD

Psychology Clinical Specialist and Director, Peer Mentor Programs, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia

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Marriages can be tricky when the partner has a spinal cord injury.  Number one, one of the things you have to think about it is pre-morbid, or prior to the injury, what was the marriage like?  If the marriage was solid, and for a long time has been surviving nicely through difficult times, in all likelihood, it will continue to do that after a spinal cord injury.  If the marriage was challenging prior to the injury, it might be more work to keep it progressing, moving forward, in a good way.  Sexuality is often a big part of marital relationships, and with these kinds of injuries, it’s often different.  And so, people have to navigate that, they have to figure out, “How are we going to be sexually intimate with one another now that my loved one’s body parts are compromised, they’re not working the way they did before?”  So, it takes a degree of closeness really, and a good marital l foundation in order to work on those kinds of issues.  

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