J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2010 Jun;14(1):9-14.

Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Patients with Dementia

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  • 1Sekwang Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Ulsan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neuropsychiatry, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan, Korea. gyungmee.kim@paik.ac.kr

Abstract

Research about Inappropriate Sexual Behavior (ISB) among patients with dementia is not abundant although its impact on patients and carers can be significant. There are many reasons for this relative neglect. In particular, notable is a problem encountered in the inconsistency of definition and assessment of ISB as well as stigma of sexuality in patients with dementia. This article reviews the literature concerning sexually inappropriate behavior in demented patients. Behavioral and pharmacological treatment approaches are explored and the recommendations and guidelines offered by other researchers are described.

Keyword

Inappropriate sexual behavior; Dementia; Definition; Assessment; Treatment
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