Sexuality, gender and intimacy, reflecting on professional practice

Priscilla Dunk-West, Trish Hafford-Letchfield

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    This chapter examines some of the key gaps in knowledge and considers ways in which professional education might respond to such gaps. It traces some of the key findings of the research showcased and explores the utility of using a life course approach to understand sexuality, intimacy and gender. The life course approach can be conceptualised in two ways. First, it is an approach to demonstrate the ubiquity of issues relating to sexuality and gender at varying points throughout one's lifetime. Second, such a framework can be used to imagine an individual's trajectory in life, from birth to death. Social work education must respond to the needs of its service users: professionals working with people will likely encounter issues relating to gender, sexuality, intimacy and relationships. This requires professionals to exercise skills and knowledge about such issues. More specifically, the life course approach offers a way to frame such issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care
    Subtitle of host publicationA Lifecourse Epistemology
    EditorsPriscilla Dunk-West, Trish Hafford-Letchfield
    Place of PublicationOxon, UK
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315398778, 9781315398785
    ISBN (Print)9781138225879
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • sexuality
    • intimacy
    • gender


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