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An Exploration of Sexual Desire and Sexual Activities of Women with Psychosis

Published inCommunity mental health journal, vol. 51, no. 2, p. 229-238
Publication date2015
Abstract

Sexual disturbances in patients with severe mental disorders can be related to medication, to psychological issues such as self-stigma and anhedonia, but also to the social context. This research aims to gain knowledge of desire and sexual practices in women suffering from schizophrenia. Women outpatients suffering from schizophrenia were compared with healthy women. Contrary to previous research, women with schizophrenia featured dyadic and individual desire similar to women of comparable age. Yet, only half of women with psychosis had sexual practice, either alone or with a partner. They were less satisfied with their activity, both in terms of function and psychological issues such as sexual self-esteem. Keeping into account the fact that most clinicians avoid this topic, this finding underscores the stigmatization these women suffer from, which prevents the opportunity of a possible improvement in this important interpersonal domain.

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HUGUELET, Philippe et al. An Exploration of Sexual Desire and Sexual Activities of Women with Psychosis. In: Community mental health journal, 2015, vol. 51, n° 2, p. 229–238. doi: 10.1007/s10597-014-9768-x
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