The impact of stigma on couples managing a sexually transmitted infection

Newton, Danielle C. and McCabe, Marita 2005, The impact of stigma on couples managing a sexually transmitted infection, Sexual and relationship therapy, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 51-63.

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Title The impact of stigma on couples managing a sexually transmitted infection
Author(s) Newton, Danielle C.
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Sexual and relationship therapy
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 51
End page 63
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2005-02
ISSN 1468-1994
Keyword(s) stigma
genital herpes
genital human papillomavirus
STIs
relationships
disclosures
family counselling
impotence & sexual dysfunction
marriage & couples therapy
marriage
family & sex therapy
sex therapy
sexuality
urology
Summary Recent research has indicated that the stigma surrounding sexually transmitted infections (STIs) creates a psychological and emotional burden for individuals with these conditions. It would be expected that the stigma of having a STI would also alter the dynamics of an intimate relationship. This paper reviews the literature on the impact of STIs on intimate relationships, and considers the relevance of this research to both clinicians and researchers. In particular, the types of relationships in which the presence of a STI may have a varying degree of impact are examined. Since disclosure of a STI would also be expected to impact on a relationship, an overview of the factors involved in the disclosure of a STI to a partner is also considered. Finally, the implications of this research for both clinicians and researchers are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ┬ęBritish Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003220

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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