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Abby R Rosenberg, Kira Bona, Tyler Ketterl, Claire M Wharton, Joanne Wolfe, K Scott Baker
PURPOSE: The prevalence of intimacy and substance use among adolescents and young adults during cancer therapy has not been well described. METHODS: The "Resilience in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer" study was a prospective, multicenter, mixed-methods cohort study. English-speaking patients 14-25 years old with newly diagnosed cancer were invited to complete a comprehensive survey at the time of enrollment (T1) and 3-6 months later (T2). Intimate relationships and health behaviors were assessed with questions adapted from the Guidelines for Adolescent Preventative Services assessment...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Lisa A Neff, Benjamin R Karney
Compared to affluent marriages, lower income marriages develop within a context filled with negative stressors that may prove quite toxic for marital stability. The current paper argues that stressful contexts may undermine marital well-being through two routes. First, external stressors create additional problems within the marriage by diverting time and attention away from activities that promote intimacy between partners. Second, external stress may render spouses ill-equipped to cope with this increase in problems by draining spouses of the energy and resources necessary for responding to marital challenges in a constructive manner...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
Mona Malakouti, Gabrielle E Brown, Argentina Leon, Eva Wang, April N Naegeli, Emily Edson-Heredia, Ethan Levin, John Y M Koo
INTRODUCTION: Patient-reported outcome measures are increasingly utilized in dermatology to assess the impact of skin disease on quality of life. Despite recognition of the influence of skin disease on intimate relationships, an instrument to assess intimacy has not been developed. The objective of this study was to create the Dermatologic Intimacy Scale (DIS) and administer the prototype to a patient population. METHODS: A group of healthcare providers at the University of California San Francisco created the DIS prototype...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Tyrel J Starks, Michael A Castro, Juan P Castiblanco, Brett M Millar
The existing literature has identified that beliefs about the interpersonal meaning of condom use are a significant predictor of condomless anal sex (CAS). Some have suggested that condom use in this context may function as a form of nonverbal communication. This study utilized attachment theory as a framework and tested a hypothesized model linking adult attachment to CAS through communication skills and condom expectancies. An online survey was completed by 122 single, HIV-negative gay and bisexual (GB) men living in the U...
October 17, 2016: Archives of Sexual Behavior
John G Cagle, Philip Osteen, Paul Sacco, Jodi Jacobson Frey
CONTEXT: Hospice social workers are charged with completing a psychosocial assessment for every new enrollee. This assessment is part of the patient's comprehensive assessment and serves to inform the plan of care and key quality indicators. OBJECTIVES: To review the content of hospice social work assessments because little is known about what assessment topics are included or overlooked. METHODS: Using a clustered random sample from all 50 states, we contacted hospice agencies and requested a blank copy of the social work assessment completed at intake...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Paul Byron
This paper examines how young people's friendships influence safer sexual practices. Through a thematic discourse analysis, interviews with Sydney-based young people (aged 18-25 years) and Australian-based sexual health websites for young people are considered. Interview data illustrate how friendships can support young people's sexual experiences, concerns and safeties beyond the practice of 'safe sex' (condom use). This is evident in friends' practices of sex and relationship advice, open dialogue, trust and sharing experiential knowledge, as well as friend-based sex...
October 13, 2016: Culture, Health & Sexuality
Micah T Prochaska, Valerie G Press, David O Meltzer, Vineet M Arora
BACKGROUND: Wearable face-mounted computers such as Google Glass™ , Microsoft HoloLens™, and Oculus' Rift(®), are increasingly being tested in hospital care. These devices challenge social etiquette, raise privacy issues, and may disrupt the intimacy of the doctor patient relationship. We aimed to determine patients' perception of and their privacy concerns with an archetype of wearable face-mounted computer devices, Google Glass. METHODS: Hospitalized inpatients were asked about their familiarity with Glass, how comfortable they would be and if they would be concerned about privacy if their physician wore Glass, if the use of Glass would affect their trust in their physician, and if they would want their physician to wear Glass if it improved their care...
October 12, 2016: Applied Clinical Informatics
Kraig Beyerlein, Kelly Bergstrand
Why are some people, but not others, asked to engage in civic activity? Rather than focus on the personal traits of either potential recruits or recruiters for this initial stage of recruitment, we develop and test a theoretical framework that emphasizes the importance of shared relationships and characteristics between those doing the recruiting and those being recruited. Specifically, the nature of interactions, overlapping community and associational space, status and value homophily, and strength and intimacy are assessed to explain differential recruitment among people's closest ties...
November 2016: Social Science Research
Gleneara Bates, Robert N Taub, Howard Jack West
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 6, 2016: JAMA Oncology
Maggie L Syme, Erin Yelland, Laci Cornelison, Judith L Poey, Ryan Krajicek, Gayle Doll
PURPOSE: We examined public opinion of sexual expression and dementia to inform nursing home policy and practice. DESIGN AND METHODS: A content analysis was conducted on public comments (N=1194) posted in response to a New York Times article about a highly publicized legal case involving a husband engaging in sexual acts with his wife who had dementia, living in a nursing home. Researchers utilized constant comparative analysis to code the comments; reliability analysis showed moderately strong agreement at the subcategory level...
October 5, 2016: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
Ya-Fang Yao, Kuei-Min Chen
PURPOSE: This study aimed to test the effects of horticulture therapy on activities of daily living, happiness, meaning of life, and interpersonal intimacy of nursing home older adults in southern Taiwan. METHODS: A quasi-experimental study was applied. Eighty-five older adults aged 65 or older who lived in nursing homes in southern Taiwan were recruited conveniently. All participants completed the study: experimental group (n = 41) and control group (n = 44)...
October 1, 2016: Quality of Life Research
Jennifer L Kerpelman, Joe F Pittman, Hans Saint-Eloi Cadely, Felicia J Tuggle, Marinda K Harrell-Levy, Francesca M Adler-Baeder
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 28, 2016: Journal of Adolescence
Abiodun Idowu Adanikin, Pipeloluwa Oluwayemisi Adanikin, Ernest Okechukwu Orji, Benedict Tolulope Adeyanju
This study sought to characterize sexual behaviour, contraceptive use and contributory upbringing factors among young people who had dropped out of school or college in a Nigerian setting. A community-based, cross-sectional sexual survey of 161 young people aged between 15 and 35 who had dropped out of school or college was performed in Ado-Ekiti, south-west Nigeria, in April 2015. One hundred and nineteen of the respondents (73.9%) had had sexual intercourse. Mean age at sexual debut was 19.08±3.5 years. Of those with sexual experience, 79 (66...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Biosocial Science
Elizabeth Starmann, Martine Collumbien, Nambusi Kyegombe, Karen Devries, Lori Michau, Tina Musuya, Charlotte Watts, Lori Heise
There is now a growing body of research indicating that prevention interventions can reduce intimate partner violence (IPV); much less is known, however, about how couples exposed to these interventions experience the change process, particularly in low-income countries. Understanding the dynamic process that brings about the cessation of IPV is essential for understanding how interventions work (or don't) to reduce IPV. This study aimed to provide a better understanding of how couples' involvement with SASA!-a violence against women and HIV-related community mobilisation intervention developed by Raising Voices in Uganda-influenced processes of change in relationships...
September 29, 2016: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
Jennie Burch
Jennie Burch, Enhanced Recovery Nurse Facilitator, St Marks Hospital, Middlesex, looks at what nurses can do to support patients after stoma formation in relation to body image and intimacy.
September 22, 2016: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
Carmita Helena Najjar Abdo
Ejaculatory function cannot be evaluated outside the dyadic process and without taking into account the men's and women's cognition of the condition and how their subjective perception impacts on the evaluation of the relationship and sexual quality. Although the distress of the sufferer and his partner has been a motivating factor in leading men with ejaculatory dysfunction to seek medical help, few objective or prospective evaluations of the effects on the couple have been reported. Specialized literature has been dealing with ejaculatory disorders in a heterogeneous manner...
August 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
Chris G McMahon, Emmanuele A Jannini, Ege C Serefoglu, Wayne J G Hellstrom
The second Ad Hoc International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) Committee for the Definition of Premature Ejaculation defined acquired premature ejaculation (PE) as a male sexual dysfunction characterized by a the development of a clinically significant and bothersome reduction in ejaculation latency time in men with previous normal ejaculatory experiences, often to about 3 minutes or less, the inability to delay ejaculation on all or nearly all vaginal penetrations, and the presence of negative personal consequences, such as distress, bother, frustration and/or the avoidance of sexual intimacy...
August 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
Erica L Birkley, Christopher I Eckhardt, Rita E Dykstra
This meta-analysis was the first study of which we are aware to investigate the association between Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text rev.; DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000) PTSD symptom clusters and parent, child, family, and marital/partner functioning problems (e.g., intimate partner violence [IPV] and intimacy). Of the 23 studies that met inclusion criteria, the sample was predominantly male (83.8%), Caucasian (65.0%), and from the military (98.9%). The average age was 43...
October 2016: Journal of Traumatic Stress
Hossein Ayatollahi, Mohammad Hadi Sadeghian, Mohammad Reza Keramati, Ali Ayatollahi, Arezoo Shajiei, Maryam Sheikhi, Samane Bakhshi
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, definitive diagnosis of numerous diseases is based on the genetic and molecular findings. Therefore, preparation of fundamental materials for these evaluations is necessary. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the first material for the molecular pathology and genetic analysis, and better results need more pure DNA. Furthermore, higher concentration of achieved DNA causes better results and higher amplifying ability for subsequent steps. We aim to evaluate five DNA extraction methods to compare DNA intimacy including purity, concentration, and amplifying ability with each other...
July 2016: Nigerian Medical Journal: Journal of the Nigeria Medical Association
Kneginja Richter, Sophia Adam, Lennard Geiss, Lukas Peter, Guenter Niklewski
OBJECTIVE: To summarize research on couple sleeping with respect to gender-specific differences and chronotype. METHODS: Systematic review of the literature. RESULTS: Millions of adults around the world share their beds with a partner. This may be an expression of intimacy and attachment and tends to intensify romantic relationships. Yet, couple sleeping still has underestimated implications for the quality of the relationship, quality of sleep and for physical and psychological health which are not consistently positive...
September 13, 2016: Chronobiology International
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