Counselors and other mental health professionals lack training on healthy sexuality and sexual identity development (SID). To begin to construct a comprehensive model of SID that can be used in counseling and counselor education, I conducted an exploratory study utilizing a grounded theory approach to collect and analyze SID stories from a purposive sample of eight adults from the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area: four male and four female; seven White Caucasian-American and one Asian American; and self-identified as two gay, one lesbian, three heterosexual, and two sexually fluid. Participants elucidated a process model of the sexual-self that incorporated biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual factors. Emergent themes included discovering, distinguishing, placing boundaries around, differentiating, and integrating the sexual-self. This preliminary model advanced a more holistic understanding of SID that counselors and other mental health professionals, educators, and researchers may find useful within their respective disciplines.
|Advisor:||Holden, Janice Miner|
|School:||University of North Texas|
|Department:||Counseling and Higher Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Texas|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Counseling, Grounded theory, Human development, LGBT, Sex therapy, Sexual identity|
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