Identity, training, and expertise among sexual health professionals

Brian D Zamboni

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Abstract

The current study explores identity, training, and reported areas of expertise among sexual health professionals. Members of sexual health organizations (n = 500) completed an Internet survey. Personal interest in sexuality best predicted a priori planning to enter the field. Few individuals reported advanced training in sexual health, but those who did reported more mentorship, training satisfaction, and current work hours focused on sexual health. Participants reported more work in sex therapy than in sex education or research. Female and male sexual dysfunction received more professional attention at the expense of specialized topics. To nurture sexual health as a field, more training opportunities, more sex research, more sex education, and more attention to marginalized topics are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-144
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

Keywords

  • Education
  • Profession
  • Research
  • Sexual health
  • Training

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