A Sexual Health Programme Implemented in a Psychiatric Inpatient Unit

Lloyd, Chris, Williams, Philip Lee, & King, Robert (2005) A Sexual Health Programme Implemented in a Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 52(1), pp. 26-32.

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Research has shown that people with a mental illness are an at-risk group for sexually transmitted infections. A programme for preventing risk behaviours for sexually transmitted infections among people with psychiatric disorder was designed and implemented by mental health occupational therapists. This programme used an interactive didactic approach to provide education and awareness of sexual health issues to acute psychiatric inpatients. Twenty-four participants completed a sexual health questionnaire, which was designed for this study, both before and after attending the programme. They had a higher than expected knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and safe sex practices at pre-test. The education programme resulted in a statistically significant but modest increase in sexual health knowledge. These findings indicate that there are benefits in providing sexual health education to clients with a mental illness. Further programme development should be directed towards sexual health decision-making and behaviour change.

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ID Code: 46467
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Mental illness -- Patients -- Rehabilitation, People with mental disabilities -- Counseling of, People with mental disabilities -- Sexual behavior, Sexual health
ISSN: 1171-0462
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: New Zealand Assoc. of Occupational Therapists Inc
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2005 NZAOT
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2011 05:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:36

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