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.
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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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Mental illness -- Patients -- Rehabilitation, People with mental disabilities -- Counseling of, People with mental disabilities -- Sexual behavior, Sexual health|
|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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