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Sexuality and Mental Illness: A small group approach

  • Ian Medley (a1) and Anne R. Douglas (a1)
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The issue of sexuality and the mentally ill provokes an uneasy reaction in many people. The lay person possesses inaccurate notions, for instance, about the level of sex drive or the expression thereof. Public interest and anxiety was recently fuelled by the case of Jeanette, the mentally handicapped woman for whom sterilisation was requested. Less understandable is the reaction of the more informed carers of the mentally ill. Being in such a position of responsibility raises a challenge, though the usual attitudes are of either ambivalence or denial. It was not then without some reservations that we organised a group for young people with psychotic conditions, with the aim of tackling sexual issues in relationships.

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1 Chakraborti, D. (1987) Sterilisation and the mentally handicapped. British Medical Journal, 294, 794.
2 Arieti, S. (1974) Interpretation of Schizophrenia. London: Crosby Lockwood Staples. p. 46.
3 Small, I. & Small, J. (1976) Sexual behaviour and mental illness. In The Sexual Experience (eds. Sadock, B. J., Kaplan, H. I. and Freedman, A. M.). Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.
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Sexuality and Mental Illness: A small group approach

  • Ian Medley (a1) and Anne R. Douglas (a1)
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