Sexuality of people living with a mental illness: A collaborative challenge for mental health nurses

Quinn, Chris and Browne, Graeme (2009) Sexuality of people living with a mental illness: A collaborative challenge for mental health nurses. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 18 3: 195-203. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2009.00598.x


Author Quinn, Chris
Browne, Graeme
Title Sexuality of people living with a mental illness: A collaborative challenge for mental health nurses
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-8330
Publication date 2009-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2009.00598.x
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 195
End page 203
Total pages 9
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Abstract This article is a review of the literature examining the sexuality of mental health consumers and the role of mental health nurses. A search identified 72 English articles on the topic. The evidence clearly indicates that sexuality is a critical aspect of who we are as individuals, and of how we view ourselves, but discussion of this topic is neglected by mental health nurses. Discussion focuses upon the wide acceptance of sexuality as a legitimate area for nurses to address in their care, and addresses mental health nurses' lack of knowledge about sexuality, conservative attitudes, and anxiety when discussing sexual issues. Consumer sexuality is poorly assessed in mental health, and is infrequently explored by mental health nurses. The result is that issues of sexuality for the consumer continue to affect many areas of their lives, including their relationships and ongoing commitment to treatment. The nurse–consumer relationship provides an opportunity to take sexual history into consideration, promote safe sexual practices, discuss sexual problems, and educate clients about sexual issues. This literature review identifies the need for further discussion of this topic and for research to point the way ahead for this important but neglected area of mental health nursing.
Keyword Mental health
Nursing
Sexuality
Standards
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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