What is it about?

The aim was to identify the sexual and relationship needs of people being cared for in hospital and preparing for a return to community living. The objectives of the study were to discover the clients’ sexual expressions in the past and present, and to try to elicit hopes and aspirations for the future.

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Why is it important?

While mental health professionals should recognize that people suffering from schizophrenia have sexual and relationship requirements, there appears to be a failure to address adequately the subject of human sexuality, particularly in the area of psychosocial rehabilitation.


The findings show that people with psychotic illness are prepared to discuss issues relating to sex and relationship matters. Most respondents seemed hopeful about the opportunity to form intimate and fulfilling relationships in the future. A drive towards more rigorous holistic nursing assessments and appropriate psychosocial responses is needed.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: The expression of sexuality in people with psychosis: breaking the taboos, Journal of Advanced Nursing, July 2000, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2000.01452.x.
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