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Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Dementia: A Review of the Treatment Literature


Research concerning the treatment of sexually inappropriate behavior in individuals with dementia, and information concerning the treatment of those problems is not abundant. The reasons for this relative neglect are many, but the discomfort caregivers feel in discussing sexual difficulties and the cultural bias of ageism undoubtedly contribute. This manuscript reviews the literature concerning sexually inappropriate behavior in demented individuals. Behavioral and pharmacological treatment approaches are explored, and recommendations and guidelines offered by other researchers are described. Caregiver stress and other potentially serious results that can accrue from sexually indiscreet behavior is investigated, and cautions regarding provider inattention to this issue are voiced.

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Harris, L., Wier, M. Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Dementia: A Review of the Treatment Literature. Sexuality and Disability 16, 205–217 (1998).

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  • dementia
  • sexuality
  • treatment