Behavioral Health Provider Attitudes and Beliefs about Sexuality and Intimacy: Findings from a Mixed Method Design

Title

Behavioral Health Provider Attitudes and Beliefs about Sexuality and Intimacy: Findings from a Mixed Method Design

Creator

Julie Tennille
Casey Bohrman
Stacey Barrenger
Emma Compton
Evan Meduna
Louis Klein

Date

2022

Description

Recovery-oriented services overlook a crucial health domain for persons with severe mental illnesses (SMI): sexuality and intimacy. Though this aspect of social recovery correlates with improved life quality and treatment outcomes, behavioral health (BH) providers avoid such topics. The study's purpose was to obtain an updated snapshot of their attitudes and beliefs about sexuality and intimacy communication. Utilizing a community advisory board, we adapted the Sexual Attitudes and Beliefs Survey (SABS) and distributed it via survey link to a national listserv. We used independent samples t-tests to examine differences on SABS mean scores by gender, age group, educational attainment, and previous training on sexuality and intimacy. We asked open-ended questions and coded responses using content analysis. Participants with more education and previous exposure to training on sexuality and intimacy were more likely to hold open views on communication. Findings offer directions for addressing this neglected aspect of recovery.

Source

Community Ment Health J
. 2022 Apr;58(3):444-453. doi: 10.1007/s10597-021-00838-1. Epub 2021 Jun 3.

Language

English

Citation

Julie Tennille et al., “Behavioral Health Provider Attitudes and Beliefs about Sexuality and Intimacy: Findings from a Mixed Method Design,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 21, 2024, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/12102.