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Prevalence, clinical features, and correlates of inappropriate sexual behavior after traumatic brain injury: a multicenter study

Simpson, G. K., Sabaz, M., Daher, M.,

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2013

This study investigated the prevalence and clinical features of inappropriate sexual behavior (ISB) among a community-based cohort of clients of the New South Wales Brain Injury Rehabilitation program. Five hundred seven clients with severe traumatic brain injury. participated in the study. Overt Behavior Scale, Disability Rating Scale, Sydney Psychosocial Reintegration Scale-2, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale–Acquired Brain Injury, Care and Needs Scale were used. The point prevalence rate of ISBs was 8.9% (45/507) over the previous 3 months. Inappropriate sexual talk comprised 57.9% of all ISBs, followed by genital and nongenital touching behaviors (29.8%) and exhibitionism/public masturbation (10.5%). In 43 of 45 cases, ISBs were accompanied by other challenging behaviors, most often inappropriate social behavior, and/or aggression. Individuals who sustained more severe injuries and who were younger were significantly more likely to display ISBs.

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Journal/Publication : Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Safety and security

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