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ERIC Number: EJ837678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0194-472X
Family Therapist Comfort with and Willingness to Discuss Client Sexuality
Harris, Steven M.; Hays, Kelli Wenner
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, v34 n2 p239-250 Apr 2008
Limited empirical information exists on whether or not marriage and family therapists are having sexuality-related discussions with their clients. When helping professionals ignore client sexuality, the potential for unintended negative outcomes increases. The researchers surveyed 175 clinical members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy to assess how their clinical training and education, their perceived sexual knowledge, and their comfort with sexual material influenced their willingness to engage in sexuality-related discussions with their clients. The results indicate that sexuality education and supervision experiences are the cornerstone for a therapist's base level of comfort. It is through sexuality education and supervision that sex knowledge is acquired and comfort levels are increased. Once comfort with sexual discussions increases, then therapists are more likely to engage in sexuality discussions with their clients.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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