Recalling the early years of psychosexual nursing

Irwin, R (2011) 'Recalling the early years of psychosexual nursing.' Oral History, 39 (1). p. 43. ISSN 0143-0955

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Based on the transcript of a witness seminar organised by the Association of Psychosexual Nursing in May 2008, this article examines the emergence of psychosexual nursing during the 1970s and early 1980s. It draws on the memories of the early pioneers of psychosexual nursing, who were mainly nurses and midwives working in family planning services. Most recalled feeling ill-prepared to work with patients who presented with sexual anxieties and difficulties, and their involvement in psychosexual work seems to have been contingent upon developments within reproductive health services in England. Many early pioneers of psychosexual nursing remembered their early training for this work, which took the form of regular participation in non-didactic psychosexual seminars, as a bewildering and exhausting experience.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: nursing, psychosexual, seminars, Balint
Divisions: School of Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2013 13:12
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