The use of sexually explicit material in sex therapy

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dc.contributor.author Ratcliffe, G. Cole
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-05T14:35:09Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-05T14:35:09Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/8628
dc.description.abstract Using data from a sample of 99 sex therapists in the United States who participated in an online survey, the use of sexually explicit material (SEM) in sex therapy is explored. Findings suggest that prevalence rates for the use of sexually explicit educational material and erotica in sex therapy were very high, 92.6% and 81.1% respectively; while the use of pornography was much lower at 29.5%. Younger therapists, and therapists with less experience, were more likely than older therapists and therapists with more experience to use SEM in sex therapy. Overall, sex therapists were generally comfortable with sexually explicit educational material and erotica but less comfortable with pornography. Younger therapists and/or female therapists were most comfortable with the use of pornography in sex therapy. The primary theoretical rationale reported by sex therapists for using SEM was education. Several therapists indicated that they would not recommend the use of SEM in sex therapy with clients who expressed opposition or discomfort, clients who exhibit compulsive sexual behaviors, and with clients who have a history of sexual trauma. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Sexually explicit material en_US
dc.subject Sex therapy en_US
dc.subject Erotica en_US
dc.subject Pornography en_US
dc.subject Sexually explicit educational material en_US
dc.title The use of sexually explicit material in sex therapy en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Family Studies and Human Services en_US
dc.description.advisor Jared R. Anderson en_US
dc.subject.umi Psychology (0621) en_US
dc.date.published 2011 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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