Sexual behaviours on acute inpatient psychiatric wards

Bowers, Len, Ross, J., Cutting, P. and Stewart, Duncan (2014) Sexual behaviours on acute inpatient psychiatric wards. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 21 (3). pp. 271-279.

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The purpose of the study was to assess the types and frequency of sexual behaviours displayed by patients during the first 2 weeks of admission to acute psychiatric units and what relationship these have to other challenging patient behaviours. The method used was a survey of sexual behaviours, conflict and containment events carried out by 522 patients during the first 2 weeks of admission in 84 wards in 31 hospitals in the South East of England. Incidents of sexual behaviour were common, with 13% of patients responsible for at least one incident. Although exposure was the most frequent of these behaviours, non-consensual sexual touching, was instigated by 1 in 20 patients. There were no differences in the numbers of sexual events between single sex and mixed gender wards. Few associations were found with the demographic features of perpetrators, although all those engaging in public masturbation were male, and male patients were more likely to sexually touch another without their consent. Single sex wards do not seem to necessarily offer significant protection to potentially vulnerable victims. Perpetrators do not seem to be predictable in advance, nor was there any common set or pattern of disruptive behavioural events indicating that a sexual incident was about to occur.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1111/jpm.12080
Keywords: conflict; containment; inpatient; psychiatry; sexual behaviour
Subjects: Medicine and health > Mental health
Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 10:02
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:42

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