The following is one of the new author "Rants" that will be included in the 2nd edition of Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers - due in the fall of 2019.
Fathers and Their Daughters
I remember being an undergraduate Psychology major when the question “Why do fathers begin to distance themselves from their daughters when they begin to exhibit secondary sex characteristics (e.g., breast growth)?” was discussed in my developmental psychology class. I was one of three self-identified males in the class.
Although sexual activity is one of the most natural aspects
of being human and sexual dysfunction can affect a significant amount of the U.S.
population, practicing social workers continue to be uncomfortable approaching
issues of sexuality and sexuality social justice (Ballan, 2008; Diaz &
Kelley, 1991; Galarza, J., & Anthony, B., 2015; Ng, 2007;
Strawgate-Kanefsky, 2000). Sex positivity is embodied by individuals and
communities that emphasize openness, nonjudgmental views, freedom, and
liberation from anti-sex (or sex-negative) attitudes.
This is an excerpt my chapter (Ch.6) titled "Intimate Relationships" in the new textbookHealthy Ageing and Aged Care(Edited by Maree Bernoth & Denise Winkler) published by Oxford University Press.
Adult Survivors Of Sexual Abuse
One of the most neglected issues in discussions regarding older adult care is the impact of past childhood or adolescent sexual abuse. Statistics reveal that between 12% and 40% of adults have experienced some form of abuse in their past (Walker, Torkelson, Katon & Koss, 1993).
The information below will soon be added to Chapter 11 (Special Topics: Illness, Disability and Sexuality) in my textbook "Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers."
Cancer patients and their significant others would undeniably benefit from counseling and comprehensive discourse pertaining to the challenges facing their sexuality. To meet these important needs, there exists a variety of curriculum available for social workers and health care professionals to utilize. The ALARM, PLEASURE, PLISSIT, and BETTER educational models can all be extremely useful to health care providers when confronted with the sexual health concerns of their patients.
As an educator, I'm always looking for new ways to engage and inform my students. When I came across the Flipboard, an on-line platform where people can create and customize their own e-magazines, I immediately recognized its potential as a teaching aid. No matter what topic you teach, you can create a Flipboard magazine full of information connected to the material you cover in class.
I have spent more than a year populating my e-magazines on Flipboard with a wide variety of relevant news articles, research reports, and opinion pieces.
Intimate partner violence
is a significant problem in the United States of America. Each year an estimated 5.3 million women
experience some form of abuse by their intimate partner; nearly 1 million are
violently assaulted (National Domestic Violence Hotline, 2007), and more tragically,
1,232 are murdered (American Institute on Domestic Violence, 2007). Widespread public awareness of domestic
violence was brought to the forefront during the 1970s. In conjunction with the feminist rights
movement, a grassroots effort to combat domestic violence, spearheaded by
domestic violence victims, called attention to the injustices suffered by women
at the hands of their male companions.
It's finally available! If you found the information in my sexuality blog posts interesting and informative, you'll love having access to all the important and relevant sexuality research and information contained in my textbook!
Here's the link that will show you how to get a free preview of our textbook. You can also order a copy for yourself, or adopt it for a class you teach:
This is how Cognella describes our book:
A comprehensive framework for understanding human sexuality
Sexualityis an essential aspect of being human and contributes to the development of our identity throughout our lives. As a construct, sexuality is not easily defined. What do you think when you hearthe word sex? If “intercourse” is the first thing you think of, congratulations, you’re among the norm. Human sexuality, however, is far more than simply a physical thing. Although it canbe physical, it is also mental, emotional, relational, biological, spiritual,cultural, and psychological.
Since the beginning of the fall 2014 school semester, I've had the pleasure and privilege to teach my class "Sexuality Concepts for Social Workers" at two different college campuses. In my course, students are required to use my textbook with the same title. That textbook is scheduled to be released nationally near the end of January 2015 from Cognella Publishing. When that historic event happens, I'll write all about it here.
On the topic of publications, I'm proud to announce that my Human Sexuality dissertation has been made available in book-form through LAMBERT Academic Publishing.
A good sexuality policy for retirement and
assisted living facilities espouses the ideal that all people, of all ages,
deserve and are entitled to a superior quality of life. Creation of a sexuality policy which
gives sanction to sexual expression, while taking into consideration the
realities of residents with different levels of cognitive and physical impairment,
would achieve such an ideal. In our society sex and desire are falsely believed to be
solely the realm of the young and able.