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.

Sexuality and Mental Health

Sexuality and mental health

Sex is virtually all in the head anyway.

—John Cloud (2010)

Sexuality and mental health have a dynamic, bidirectional relationship, in which changes in one area directly impact the other (Bitzer et al., 2008; Levine, 2009). Because sexuality is such a central part of people’s lives, there are many mental health-related factors and influences on our sexuality, including how we choose to think, feel, and behave sexually. This chapter delves deeper into the intersections between sexuality and mental health. After reading this chapter, readers will be able to do the following:

  • Understand common processes involved in sexual decision-making
  • Describe the impacts of mental health disorders and substance abuse and dependence on sexual functioning
  • Understand the diagnostic criteria for sexual dysfunctions that clients ...
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