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.

Cultural and Contextual Influences on Sexuality

Cultural and contextual influences on sexuality

Imagine a female client who has been referred for counseling by her OBGYN due to the distress she is experiencing related to infertility. Now, consider that this client comes from a culture in which femininity is tied closely to a woman’s ability to conceive and give birth to many children. In addition, consider that she is a recent immigrant to the United States and has limited English language proficiency. In what ways might this client’s cultural background be impacting both her sexuality-related concerns and her comfort in seeking counseling to address those concerns?

In this chapter, we take a broader approach to understanding sexuality by examining the cultural and contextual influences that ...

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