Exploring sexuality in men with alcoholism: a descriptive, exploratory study.
(2015) Exploring sexuality in men with alcoholism: a descriptive, exploratory study., no. 90.
Alcoholism is a growing problem in Scotland, with rates of consumption and related deaths significantly higher than England and the rest of Europe (Scottish Public Health Observatory 2013; Rehm et al. 2013). Furthermore, quality of life can be seriously affected in people with alcoholism (Colpaert et al. 2013). There is a paucity of nursing literature around sexuality, particularly in terms of alcoholism in males. It is vital in nursing practice to understand how sexuality can be affected by health conditions in order to assess the patient effectively (Melo et al. 2007). Despite this, literature reviewed concurs in sexuality assessment being ineffectively completed by nurses. The research question of the proposed study is "What are the experiences and perceptions of men with alcoholism, in terms of sexuality and relationships?". The study aims to explore and provide perspective around sexuality issues faced by men with alcoholism, in order for this to be understood and assessed effectively. Qualitative methods were chosen for the study, using a descriptive phenomenological approach. Sampling would be undertaken through the Alcohol Liaison Service in NHS Lothian, with a sample size of 6-8 male participants over the age of 18. Semi-structured interviews would be utilised. Data analysis will be undertaken using Colaizzi's (1978) framework.