Sexuality : a taboo sphere when the care systems meet people with a severe mental illness

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Publication Conference Poster
Title Sexuality : a taboo sphere when the care systems meet people with a severe mental illness
Author(s) Östman, Margareta
Date 2014
English abstract
Sexuality – a taboo sphere when the care systems meet people with a severe mental illness Aim: In three interview studies our aim has been to illuminate the everyday sexuality and sex lives of people with severe mental illness, SMI. Background: Research on people with SMI and sexuality has found dysfunction among such patients far beyond levels in the general population. Recommendations on matters related to sex as part of the total recovery process often do not exist for them. Method: Interviews with 40 persons with SMI living in the community. The questions inquired about those who provided support in sexual matters; experience of sex life and factors considered important for an active sex life. Results: Sexuality and intimate relations were generally experienced as out of reach or something of secondary importance that had to be controlled. No one we interviewed had reason to believe that psychiatric, somatic, or social service caregivers would provide them with any support relating to sexual needs as part of their regular treatment regimes. Furthermore, they state that they would like to discuss issues relating to relationships, including sexual ones, and would welcome support from health care services in these matters. Conclusion: Our findings showed that clinicians tend to be reluctant to address sexual issues when treating people with SMI, although people with SMI experience a dysfunctional sex life, and point to a lack of counseling on intimate relationships and sex. These findings validate earlier research conclusions that psychiatric staff and other service providers avoid the issue of sexuality in treating people with SMI
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) severe mental illness,
sexuality
caresupport
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Note Jubilee Congress WASP, World association of Social Psychiatry London, November 13th-15th, 2014
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18286 (link to this page)
Link http://www.waspjubilee2014.com (external link to related web page)

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