Inappropriate sexual behavior.

S. W. Philo, M. F. Richie, M. J. Kaas

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Inappropriate sexual behavior, or sexually aggressive behavior, is a term which encompasses a variety of behaviors, including obscene gesturing, touching or hugging another person, exposing body parts or disrobing, and masturbating in public. Inappropriate sexual behavior often elicits feelings of anxiety, embarrassment, or unease in the caregiver and the result is often disruption in continuity of care for the patient. The cause of inappropriate sexual behavior varies among individuals and careful assessment of the etiology of the behavior is the first essential step in intervening. Nursing interventions focus upon providing opportunities for expression of appropriate sexual behavior while attempting to extinguish inappropriate sexual behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1996


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