Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 57, Issue 2, pp 121–126

Sex between psychiatric inpatients

  • Renée L. Binder

DOI: 10.1007/BF01064330

Cite this article as:
Binder, R.L. Psych Quart (1985) 57: 121. doi:10.1007/BF01064330


This report reviews the literature on the subject of sexual activity between psychiatric inpatients. The author discusses the psychological reasons why patients engage in sexual activity as well as the possible psychological effects. In addition, the author discusses medical considerations including concerns about injury, pregnancy, and venereal disease and legal implications including issues related to wrongful life, wrongful birth and deteriorating mental condition resulting from sexual activity. The report also discusses ethical issues, staff attitudes and various options for management of sexual activity between patients.

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© Human Sciences Press 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Renée L. Binder
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan Francisco
  2. 2.Langley Porter Psychiatric InstituteSan Francisco