Content analysis of public opinion on sexual expression and dementia: Implications for nursing home policy development

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dc.contributor.author Syme, Maggie
dc.contributor.author Yelland, Erin
dc.contributor.author Cornelison, Laci
dc.contributor.author Poey, Judeth L.
dc.contributor.author Krajicek, Ryan
dc.contributor.author Doll, Gayle
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-30T21:43:02Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-30T21:43:02Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/38341
dc.description Citation: Syme, M. L., Yelland, E., Cornelison, L., Poey, J. L., Krajicek, R., & Doll, G. (2016). Content analysis of public opinion on sexual expression and dementia: Implications for nursing home policy development. Health Expectations. doi:10.1111/hex.12509
dc.description.abstract Purpose: We examined public opinion of sexual expression and dementia to inform nursing home policy and practice. Design and Methods: A content analysis was conducted on public comments (N=1194) posted in response to a New York Times article about a highly publicized legal case involving a husband engaging in sexual acts with his wife who had dementia, living in a nursing home. Researchers utilized constant comparative analysis to code the comments; reliability analysis showed moderately strong agreement at the subcategory level. Data were also coded to indicate whether the commenter thought the couple should or should not have been allowed to be sexual. Results: One primary theme was identified: conditions necessary for someone to be sexual. Six categories were identified within this theme, with the public commentary considering factors such as marital relationships, intimacy needs and several sexual consent-related issues as key conditions necessary to be sexual in a nursing home setting. Overall, the majority of commenters were in support of sexual expression for an individual with dementia in the described situation. Discussion: This study revealed sexual expression among individuals with dementia is a contentious issue with strong public opinions about how this should be managed in a nursing home setting. These opinions should be considered as policy related to sexual expression in nursing homes is developed. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1111/hex.12509
dc.rights Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject Health-Care Policy
dc.subject Nursing Homes
dc.subject Public Opinion
dc.subject Sexual Expression
dc.title Content analysis of public opinion on sexual expression and dementia: Implications for nursing home policy development
dc.type Article
dc.date.published 2016
dc.citation.doi 10.1111/hex.12509
dc.citation.issn 1369-6513
dc.citation.jtitle Health Expectations
dc.contributor.authoreid msyme
dc.contributor.authoreid erinyelland
dc.contributor.authoreid gdoll
dc.contributor.kstate Syme, Maggie
dc.contributor.kstate Yelland, Erin
dc.contributor.kstate Doll, Gayle


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