Policies on sexual expression in forensic psychiatric settings in different European countries

Tiwana, Rajveer and McDonald, Stephanie and Völlm, Birgit (2016) Policies on sexual expression in forensic psychiatric settings in different European countries. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 10 (5). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1752-4458

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Abstract

Background: Sexual expression by forensic psychiatric patients is poorly researched.

Methods: Forensic experts representing 14 European countries were interviewed to explore the diverse ways in which sexual expression within forensic settings is handled.

Results: No country had a national policy, although many had local policies or shared practices. Progressive approaches to patient sexuality were evident in nine of the countries sampled. The UK appeared the most prohibiting and excluding, its protocols apparently based on risk aversion and lack of emphasis or consideration of patients’ sexual needs.

Conclusions: Uniform national policy supporting patients’ sexual expression would provide significant improvements.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Sexual Expression, Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals, European Policies, Long-Stay Patients, Mental Health, Patient Relationships, Human Rights
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry
University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13033-016-0037-y
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 15:06
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 00:34
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32071

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