Addressing Sex in Occupational Therapy: A Coconstructed Autoethnography

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Abstract

Occupational therapy practitioners generally agree that sex is a meaningful occupation and should be part of the rehabilitation process; however, there has been reluctance to include clients' sexual concerns in practice. To explore how occupational therapy is addressing clients' sexual concerns, we (one author with a professional background in occupational therapy and the other who is a consumer of occupational therapy services) used a coconstructed autoethnographic approach that involved shared reflection between us. We discuss insights discovered through the coconstructed process, including the potential health risks involved in sexual activity, the importance of sexuality as a core aspect of identity, the ways that rehabilitation currently excludes sexuality, and the potential role of occupational therapy in addressing sexuality.

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