AbstractsSocial Work

An overview of sexuality in clinical practice

by Miriam M. Yelton

Institution: California State University – Sacramento
Department: Social Work
Degree: MSW
Year: 2015
Keywords: Sex therapy; Sex positivity; Sexuality in practice scale; Sexual health; Sexual expression; Clinical social work; Clinical assessment; Social work
Record ID: 2062474
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/139378


This exploratory study examined the frequency and approach used by mental health care professionals to address sexuality in individual therapy. Using convenience-sampling clinicians (N=75) from a variety of disciplines completed an online questionnaire. Study findings, based on quantitative data, suggest that 36% to 64% of clinicians initiate a discussion of sexuality depending on the diagnosis of the client. When sexuality is addressed in the clinical practice setting eclectic therapeutic techniques are most frequently used. In addition, due to the diversity of the sample a comparison using the Sexuality in Practice Scales showed that clinicians with a background in social work were significantly less comfortable addressing sexuality than clinicians from other disciplines; t(54)=2.15, p=0.036.