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Recent studies have begun to examine the complexity and frequency of sexual and relationship problems amongst samples of community resident people with severe psychoses. For the purposes of this study, subjects with severe persistent psychoses and under the care of a single community team were interviewed using a semi-structured clinical interview and structured diagnostic interview of marital and sexual satisfaction. Functional disability was assessed by the Multnomah Community Ability Scale. Amongst those interviewed (n = 53) the prevalence of sexual difficulties was 47.5% and 30.8% for men (n = 40) and women (n = 13), respectively. The majority of men (82.5%) and some of the women (38.5%) were not in intimate relationships; 42.5% of men and 38.5% of women had never had a sexual relationship. Amongst community resident patients with severe psychoses, the level of unmet need for specific interventions (including assessment procedures, psychotherapeutic, pharmaco-therapeutic) for sexual and relationship dysfunction is high. This warrants evaluation of service structures and treatment packages tailored for this group.


Journal article


Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Publication Date





459 - 467