ERIC Number: ED117590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Education and Treatment in Human Sexuality: The Training of Health Professionals. Report of a WHO Meeting. World Health Organization Technical Report Series 572.
World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland).
This report emphasizes that the purpose of sexual health care should be the enhancement of life and personal relationships, and that awareness of and education about the sexual aspects of health need to be promoted among all community workers. There is a great need for (1) basic information about the biological and psychological aspects of sexuality dysfunction and disease; (2) positive attitudes towards sexuality; (3) personnel with understanding of and an objective outlook on sexuality and sexual problems; and (4) training programs and referral services relevant to sexual health needs. The report urges the establishment of regional or national resource centers in sexology to coordinate and improve efforts in training and research, and to provide reference services. Teaching aids should be based on and relevant to the culture of the particular country or region concerned. Research and epidemiological surveys on local knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding sexuality should be encouraged. This report stresses that programs should become more interdisciplinary and should give more attention to normal sexual development and behavior rather than, as formerly, gross pathological conditions and the forensic aspects. (Author/SE)
Descriptors: Conference Reports, Counselor Training, Educational Needs, Health Education, Health Personnel, Professional Training, Sex Education, Sexuality
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland).