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Experience of Recently Graduated Occupational Therapists in Addressing Sexuality with Their Clients
School of Allied Health, Australian Catholic University, Level 2,Melbourne (AUS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9155-3927
School of Allied Health, Australian Catholic University, Level 2,Melbourne (AUS).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8313-1150
School of Allied Health, Australian Catholic University, Level 2,Melbourne (AUS).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4722-1081
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for health promotion and care sciences. Department of Behavioural Science, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo (NOR), Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Jönköping (SWE). (LOVHH LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7669-4702
2022 (English)In: Sexuality and disability, ISSN 0146-1044, E-ISSN 1573-6717, Vol. 40, no 4, p. 769-783Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Health care consumers have emphasised the importance of being able to express themselves in a sexual nature, regardless of their health conditions. Unfortunately, literature based on experienced occupational therapists and students, indicates sexuality is poorly addressed, despite being a meaningful occupation. There is limited literature based on Australian experiences or the experiences of recent graduates, therefore this study aimed to explore how comfortable and prepared 11 recent graduates who studied in Australia, were in addressing sexuality, as well as the enablers and challenges experienced. A qualitative research design was utilized, with results demonstrating that undergraduate curricula are not adequately preparing new graduates to feel equipped with the knowledge, skills, comfort and preparedness to address sexuality. Enablers such as education, professional development and supportive workplaces, can aid to facilitate positive change in this area of practice, which may improve client outcomes.

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Springer Nature, 2022. Vol. 40, no 4, p. 769-783
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Australian, Occupational therapy, Recently graduated occupational therapist, Rehabilitation, Sexuality, Sexual health, University curriculum
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19333DOI: 10.1007/s11195-022-09762-yISI: 000870080800001PubMedID: 31220932Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85140116223OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19333DiVA, id: diva2:1709507
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