The influence of organizational factors on the attitudes of residential care staff toward the sexuality of residents with dementia

T.S.M. Roelofs*, K.G. Luijkx, M.C.M. Cloin, P.J.C.M. Embregts

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Abstract

Background:
The attitudes of care staff toward the sexuality of residents with dementia they care for is assumed to influence the residents’ expression of their sexuality in the way they want. This paper examines the effect of organizational factors, person-centered care, and the culture of the organization on the attitudes of care staff toward the sexuality of residents with dementia in residential care facilities (RCF) .

Methods:
Care staff in different functions at six RCF organizations (N = 187) participated. Using a survey, we gathered information on demographics and care-staff careers, attitudes toward resident sexuality, the culture of the organization, person-centered care, and knowledge of resident sexuality. Ordinary least square (OLS) hierarchical analyses were performed to analyze results.

Results:
Care staff attitudes were found to be positively affected by person-centered care, and marginally positively affected by a supportive culture in the organization, Moreover, knowledge of resident sexuality positively affected care staff ‘attitudes toward resident sexuality, and the presence of policy regarding resident sexuality affected them negatively .

Conclusions:
Despite different study limitations, these results give a first insight in a broad perspective on care staff attitudes toward resident sexuality. In addition to improving knowledge of the care staff, enhancing person-centered care and a supportive culture in the organization will improve care-staff attitudes toward resident sexuality.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Number of pages9
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • BEHAVIOR
  • Care staff attitudes
  • Dementia
  • KNOWLEDGE
  • NURSING-HOME RESIDENTS
  • PERCEPTIONS
  • PERSON-CENTERED CARE
  • Sexuality

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