"Out of sight": Sexuality and women with enduring mental illness

Davison, Joanna and Huntington, Annette D. (2010) "Out of sight": Sexuality and women with enduring mental illness. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 19 4: 240-249. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00676.x

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Author Davison, Joanna
Huntington, Annette D.
Title "Out of sight": Sexuality and women with enduring mental illness
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-8330
Publication date 2010-08
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00676.x
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 240
End page 249
Total pages 10
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
920209 Mental Health Services
920410 Mental Health
111714 Mental Health
Abstract Sexuality is a complex and fundamental aspect of a person’s health and mental well being, yet mental health professionals generally seem reluctant to discuss sexuality related issues and few research studies have specifically explored the sexuality of women with enduring mental illness. The aim of this qualitative research was to gain a deeper understanding about the sexuality experiences of this group of women. Eight women were interviewed individually, and then together as a focus group. Working from a feminist theoretical perspective, the interview transcripts were analysed thematically. All the women considered sexuality an essential component of their identity. However, powerful interlocking systems controlled and influenced how the women expressed their sexuality, often marginalizing, and positioning them as ‘Other’, and rendering their sexuality hidden and unseen. The experiences of this group of women highlight the need for mental health professionals to recognize sexuality as an important aspect of a person’s care and recovery, and to create a culture that is supportive of a person’s sexuality and sexual expression. Incorporating sexuality related issues into clinical practice offers mental health professionals a significant opportunity to make a positive difference.
Keyword Enduring mental illness
Feminist research
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