What is it about?

People diagnosed with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders often have unmet needs around sexuality and intimacy issues. This can impact negatively upon a person’s recovery and the need to lead a fulfilling and satisfying life. The aim of the current review was to explore the available qualitative literature that addressed sexuality and intimacy issues published between the years 2006 and 2016.

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Why is it important?

Why do the needs of people with psychosis in the area of sexuality and intimacy remain unrecognized and unfulfilled and what might help in the establishment and maintenance of satisfying intimate relationships and the full expression of their sexuality?


This review reveals the opportunities that exist for interprofessional collaborations where plans of care contain all perspectives, including the subjective experiences of service users. This holistic approach to recognizing and supporting intimacy and the expression of sexuality can not only enhance our knowledge and understanding of the individual needs and concerns but help support people in a more empowering, fulfilling, and recovery orientated way.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Psychosis as a Barrier to the Expression of Sexuality and Intimacy: An Environmental Risk?, Schizophrenia Bulletin, January 2017, Oxford University Press (OUP),
DOI: 10.1093/schbul/sbw172.
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