Barbara Lawrie is a student at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and coordinator of the Sexual Health Service, G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre-Vancouver Acute, Vancouver Coastal Health Region.
Assessing and Addressing Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Brain-Injured Clients
Article first published online: 30 APR 2012
2004 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 9–13, January-February 2004
How to Cite
Lawrie, B. and Jillings, C. (2004), Assessing and Addressing Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Brain-Injured Clients. Rehabilitation Nursing, 29: 9–13. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2004.tb00293.x
- Issue published online: 30 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 30 APR 2012
- brain injury;
- inappropriate behavior
Inappropriate sexual comments and behaviors from clients with brain injuries can be frustrating, awkward, and time consuming for the nurses who are caring for them. Understanding the meaning of these comments and behaviors, as well as receiving direction concerning ways to handle the situation can help nurses overcome their frustration and improve the quality of nursing care. This article examines potential underlying causes of inappropriate sexual behavior, explains the behaviors from client, family, staff, and organizational perspectives, and begins to look at ways to respectfully and sensitively address the behaviors using a model and framework developed by the Sexual Health Service (SHS) at Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre (VHHSC), in British Columbia, Canada.