Every chapter is comprised of information that is sound, evidence-based, and grounded in current literature to provide readers with the most accurate and up-to-date information. Case studies and application exercises throughout the book bring concepts to life and give students an opportunity to apply what they learn to real-world situations. A new Contextualized Sexuality Model, which presents a framework for understanding sexuality, helps professors plan their courses. The book’s focus on the nature of professional identity, its value to the profession and the professional, and ways to further development of professional identity during professional practice provides students with valuable guidance they can use throughout their careers.

Physiology and Sexual Health

Physiology and sexual health

The misrepresentation that everybody should be having [sex]—needs to have it, wants to have it, has a problem if they don’t have it—is to change, really what sexuality IS into more of a medical thing. I think that’s a terrible direction for knowledge, for understanding, for society.

—Leonore Tiefer (Stein, 2015)

Anatomy and physiology can greatly impact individuals’ sexual functioning as people’s health can determine their physical arousal responses and ability to fully engage in sexual activities. Many sexuality concerns arise from both a relational and emotional origin, as well as from physical and medical factors, so it can often be difficult to determine which cause is primary and which is secondary. Even for clients who present ...

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