Sexual behavior of psychiatric inpatients: Hospital responses and policy formulation

Peter F. Buckley, Ilse R. Wiechers

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Historically, inpatient sexuality has been a neglected issue in hospital policy. Recent studies have confirmed sexual activity among individuals with mental illness and have noted several areas of concern surrounding patient care and sexuality. We surveyed private mental health facilities within the state of Ohio. Twenty-five percent of the responding hospitals had a formal sexual policy and the majority (72%) said that sexual behavior was an infrequent problem. Considering the short-term stays common at these facilities, policies at such institutions should focus on dealing with situations when they occur and properly training and informing staff on issues surrounding sexual activity in psychiatric inpatients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-536
Number of pages6
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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