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.

Lifespan Development and Sexuality

Lifespan development and sexuality

People are sexual beings. To deny our sexuality is to deny our humanity. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that our sexuality begins the moment of birth and lasts until our death, even if we live a long life.

—Bruce King & Pamela Regan, 2014, p. 248

How people understand and experience their sexuality develops and changes over the span of their lives. From beginning to end, people are sexual beings throughout their entire lifespan. People continue to grow and develop throughout their lives, and this chapter will provide a background of common sexuality-related developmental experiences and changes throughout the lifespan and will integrate developmental theories and research to aid in understanding the complex, integrated process ...

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