Let's talk about sex : Sjuksköterskors attityder till att samtala om sexualitet med patienter

by Andersson, Matilda; Saunamäki, Nina

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of the study was to describe nurses’ attitudes toward discussing sexuality with patients and to study if there are any relationship between the items in the questionnaire Sexual Attitudes and Beliefs Survey (SABS) and if there are any relationship between the attitudes and the nurses’ years worked in nursing-care and their age. The purpose was also to examine if there are any differences in attitudes toward discussing sexuality and whether the nurses worked in a medical ward or a surgical ward and if there are any differences in attitudes, whether the nurses have further education or not. The study had a descriptive, correlative and comparative design and the questionnaire SABS was used to collect data. Eighty-eight nurses participated in the study. The results showed that 96 % of the nurses believed that the patients do not expect nurses to discuss sexual concerns. The results showed a statistical significant relationship between the nurses’ age and attitudes toward discussing sexuality, older nurses had higher tendencies to discuss sexuality. The results also showed a statistical significant difference between nurses with further education and nurses without further education referring to attitudes toward discussing sexuality. Nurses with further education were more inclined to discuss sexuality compared to nurses with no further education. The conclusion is even though nurses believe sexuality to be an important issue; they do not discuss the matter to a great extent with their patients.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Gävle

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:sexuality attitudes nursing care registered nurses


Date of Publication:01/16/2008

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