Journal article

What impact does illness severity have on the sexual health of young people affected by mental health disorders? A comparison of inpatients and outpatients

Nancy Pehlivan, Ellie Brown, Asiel Yair Adan Sanchez, Felix McMillan, Danielle Moore, Amit Bhaduri, Katherine Monson, Paul Badcock, Katherine Thompson, Eoin Killackey, Andrew Chanen, Brian O'Donoghue

Australasian Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Young people affected by mental health disorders have greater sexual health needs compared to their peers. Less is known about this need across illness severity. METHOD: A cross-sectional survey of the sexual health of those attending outpatients or inpatients within a youth mental health service was conducted. Statistical differences between groups were explored. RESULTS: One hundred and seven young people (18-25 years) participated and of these, 37.7% were inpatients who had more severe psychiatric symptoms than outpatients. While inpatients were as likely to be sexually active as outpatients, they were significantly less likely to have a regular sexual partner (25% vs 64.5%). A..

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