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Case Report: The Sexual Experiences of Forensic Mental Health Patients.

Authors
  • Brand, Elnike1
  • Ratsch, Angela2
  • Heffernan, Edward1
  • 1 Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service, Research Services, Hervey Bay Hospital, Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Psychiatry
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2021
Volume
12
Pages
651834–651834
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.651834
PMID: 33897501
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The recovery-based approach to forensic mental health rehabilitation is to support the patient to achieve a fulfilling life-a principle which should include achieving a fulfilling sexual life. This paper presents four vignettes from forensic mental health patients. The four cases demonstrate the omission, avoidance and then judgement by forensic mental health clinicians around the intimate and sensitive, yet important domain of the patient's sexual life. The cases illustrate that gap in the clinical domain and demonstrate the requirement for forensic mental health clinicians to have a greater awareness, acknowledgment, and assessment of their patient's sexuality and sexual health needs. Incorporating sexual health into standard clinical assessments will contribute to improved patient management in addition to supporting the principles of holistic forensic mental health recovery and rehabilitation. Copyright © 2021 Brand, Ratsch and Heffernan.

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