This lively and informative book offers a unique introduction to human sexuality in the context of health and social care practice. Drawing on the research in the social sciences, cultural studies and social policy it presents a concise summary of current theories of sexual orientation, discusses the growth of contemporary lesbian and gay communities, and reveals the prejudice and discrimination which still exist.
Using a reader-friendly approach developed during ten years teaching health and social care professionals, the author reveals how and why the need of this group remain largely unmet, and suggests simple strategies for change that can be implemented by concerned practitioners.
The book is written at an introductory level, but in enough depth to be a useful reference for practicing health professionals as well as trainees.
How to use this book
Introduction: Sexuality, health and social care
Sexual orientation and its consequences
A history of ideas about sexuality
culture and religion
Science and sexuality
the medical model and its implications
development and debates
Writing sexual orientation into health
Sexuality and the family
Sexuality and public policy
Sexuality and health promotion
Moving towards good practice