Examining professionals' perspectives on sexuality for service users of a forensic psychiatry unit

Journal article


Dein, KE, Williams, PS, Volkonskaia, I, Kanyeredzi, A, Reavey, P and Leavey, G (2016). Examining professionals' perspectives on sexuality for service users of a forensic psychiatry unit. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 44, pp. 15-23.
AuthorsDein, KE, Williams, PS, Volkonskaia, I, Kanyeredzi, A, Reavey, P and Leavey, G
Abstract

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.Very little is known about the sexual activities of psychiatric patients during their stay in hospital and beyond. In this article, we have explored how mental health professionals working within a forensic psychiatric unit construct the issue of patient sexuality in order to ascertain the range of sexual possibilities open to patients. Drawing on interviews with twenty four participants - psychiatrists and clinical psychologists (clinical staff), we examined how participants made sense of patient sexuality and their clinical judgments in relation to them. Using a thematic analysis, we were able to identify a number of relevant themes emerging, including a) what the limits of acceptable sexual behaviour were judged to be, b) discrimination against transgender and same sex relationships, c) vulnerability among female patients and therapeutic efficacy, and d) an abject fear of patient pregnancy. Furthermore, a general concern throughout was the putative professional conflict between the clinical and ward staff. Further discussion regarding the potential for clearer policy on patient sexuality and further training for professionals is developed in the final section.

KeywordsHumans; Risk; Attitude of Health Personnel; Sexual Behavior; Professional-Patient Relations; Decision Making; Mental Disorders; Forensic Psychiatry; Adult; Inpatients; Vulnerable Populations; Female; Male; Inpatient; Mental health; Restrictions; Risk; Sexuality; Adult; Attitude of Health Personnel; Decision Making; Female; Forensic Psychiatry; Humans; Inpatients; Male; Mental Disorders; Professional-Patient Relations; Risk; Sexual Behavior; Vulnerable Populations; 1801 Law; Criminology
Year2016
JournalInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Journal citation44, pp. 15-23
PublisherLondon South Bank University
ISSN0160-2527
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.ijlp.2015.08.027
Publication dates
Print01 Jan 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Jun 2017
Accepted15 Nov 2015
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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