Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Sexuality education within masters of social work programs
by McKay, Kimberly, Ph.D., Widener University, 2015, 178; 3712681
Abstract (Summary)

There are currently no requirements addressing human sexuality education within graduate-level social work education (Council on Social Work Education, 2008). At the same time, sexuality education is being taught in Masters of Social Work (MSW) programs. This means that the content and context of sexuality education for pre-service social workers vary widely. This exploratory study surveyed faculty teaching in MSW programs regarding current sexuality-related curricula within their social work program, their attitudes toward the inclusion of sexuality education, and their perception of the supports and barriers to incorporating sexuality-related content into MSW curriculum. This dissertation built on the work and literature of many professionals who support comprehensive sexuality education as a vital aspect of educating and preparing professional social workers. The sample for this quantitative study was 596 social work faculty participants through an online survey. Findings revealed that a majority of faculty (82%) agreed that sexuality education is important for MSW curriculum. The majority of faculty (60.6%) reported no stand-alone sexuality related course within their MSW program. Only 1.3% of faculty reported that there was a current required sexuality-related course within their MSW program. Faculty rated the importance of 23 sexuality-related topics and whether they teach the topic. For each of the 23 topics, the proportion of faculty rating the topic as important was higher than the proportion of faculty reporting teaching the topic.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Satterly, Brent A.
Commitee: Houser, Linda, Schroeder, Elizabeth
School: Widener University
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Keywords: Cswe, Msw program, Sexuality education, Social work education, Social work faculty
Publication Number: 3712681
ISBN: 978-1-321-89670-1
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