Conflict of Interest Statement
Talking About Sexuality With Consumers of Mental Health Services
Article first published online: 12 APR 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 13–20, January 2013
How to Cite
Quinn, C. and Happell, B. (2013), Talking About Sexuality With Consumers of Mental Health Services. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49: 13–20. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2012.00334.x
The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest. This study was funded by the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation.
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 12 APR 2012
- First Received August 16, 2011; Final Revision received February 15, 2012; Accepted for publication February 22, 2012.
- BETTER model;
- mental health nursing;
PURPOSE: To explore nurses' perceptions of how consumers of mental health services have responded to mental health nurses discussing sexuality with them.
DESIGN AND METHODS: Qualitative exploratory design including in-depth individual interviews with 14 mental health nurses in Australia on two occasions. Nurse participants were taught the BETTER model in the first interview and were asked to use this in their practice.
FINDINGS: In the second interview nurse participants described the model as useful and consumer responses as very positive.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The findings suggest the BETTER model is a simple and effective intervention that can assist mental health nurses to include sexuality as part of nursing care.