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Sexual attitudes, experience and relationships amongst patients in a high security hospital

Hales, H., Romilly, C., Davison, S. and Taylor, Pamela Jane 2006. Sexual attitudes, experience and relationships amongst patients in a high security hospital. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health 16 (4) , pp. 254-263. 10.1002/cbm.636

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BACKGROUND: Detention in high security hospitals tends to last several years during patients' early adulthood, yet romantic partnerships and sexuality have been little studied. AIMS: To study such relationships among these inpatients. METHOD: Patients were engaged in a confidential, purpose-designed semi-structured interview concerning their relationships and their views on those of others. RESULTS: Seven (of 10) women and 18 (of 24) men gave interviews. All but one had previously been sexually active. No previous relationship lasted into high security but half (15) reported a new relationship. Most emphasized the importance of caring in respect of sexual activity but sexual intimacy short of intercourse was reported. Most (17) could describe 'safe sex' practices, but few (5) had ever followed them. At least half had experienced seriously abusive sexual relationships in childhood. CONCLUSIONS: Patients appeared able to talk reliably about their romantic and sexual relationships, their interest in which did not cease on incarceration. Findings suggest that it is important for staff to have accurate information on these to ensure safety and adequate support.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0957-9664
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:42

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