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

Tiwana, Rajveer; McDonald, Stephanie; V�llm, Birgit

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Rajveer Tiwana

Birgit V�llm



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 3, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 1, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2016
Journal International Journal of Mental Health Systems
Electronic ISSN 1752-4458
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 5
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s13033-016-0037-y
Keywords Sexual Expression, Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals, European Policies, Long-Stay Patients, Mental Health, Patient Relationships, Human Rights
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/777331
Publisher URL http://ijmhs.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13033-016-0037-y

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