This Handbook is the first volume to address the dynamic issues related to sexuality from a social work perspective by providing a comprehensive, current and international overview of issues related to sexuality.

It explains how each issue is important and critically discusses the leading views in the area, providing diverse and inclusive perspectives from leading scholars in the field. Divided into seven parts:

  • Structural Context
  • Sexual Identities
  • Sexuality trough the Lifespan
  • Health, Mental Health, and Sexuality
  • Sexual Health and Well-Being: Pleasure, Desire, and Consent
  • Practice Issues
  • Regulating Sexuality: Historical and Contemporary Legislation

It will be of interest to students, academics, researchers,and practitioners of social work and related health and social care subjects, and is particularly relevant for practice courses as well as courses on Human Growth and Development and Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

part I|34 pages

Structural Context

chapter 1|9 pages

Social Work and Sexual Health

A History
BySarah Pilgrim, Virginia Ramseyer Winter, Mackenzie Cook

chapter 2|11 pages

Heteronormativity and Social Work

The What That Dare Not Speak Its Name
ByTyler M. Argüello

chapter 3|12 pages

Combatting Cisnormativity in Social Work Education, Research, and Practice

BySJ Dodd, Jama Shelton

part II|114 pages

Sexual Identities

chapter 4|19 pages


ByAnna Kurowicka

chapter 5|11 pages

Navigating Genders and Orientations

An Exploration of Bisexuality and Pansexuality
ByEmily E. Prior

chapter 6|17 pages

Social Work Practice with Sexual Minority Men

History, Terminology, and Social Context
BySyd Peterson, Ian W. Holloway

chapter 7|14 pages

Social Work Practice with Sexual Minority Men

A Developmental and Life Course Perspective
BySyd Peterson, Ian W. Holloway

chapter 8|16 pages

‘Corrective Rape’ and Black Lesbian Sexualities in South Africa

Negotiating the Tensions between ‘Blackwashing’ and ‘Pinkwashing’ Homophobia
ByNadine Lake

chapter 9|20 pages

Beyond 50 Shades

BDSM and Kink for Social Workers
ByShanna K. Kattari, Hillary K. Hecht, Nicole A. Lopez

chapter 10|15 pages

What the Heart Wants

Polyamory, Compersion and Monogamish Arrangements
ByMary Andres

part III|82 pages

Sexuality Through the Lifespan

chapter 11|14 pages

Intersections between Body Image, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Well-Being among Gender-Diverse Youth

ByRichard A. Brandon-Friedman, Rachel D. Snedecor, Virginia Ramseyer Winter

chapter 12|17 pages

Sexuality and Relationships Education in Group Homes

ByDominik Mantey

chapter 13|13 pages

LGBT+ Parenting

ByChristine Cocker, Trish Hafford-Letchfield

chapter 14|10 pages

Sexual and Gender Identity in Older Age

ByM. Aaron Guest

chapter 15|12 pages

Social Work and LGBTQ Aging

ByDaniel S. Gardner, Nancy Giunta, Austin Oswald

chapter 16|14 pages

Intimate Expression during the End of Life

Considerations for Practitioners Working with Sexual and Gender Minority Older Adults
ByKyle L. Bower, Kate A. Morrissey Stahl, Desiree Seponski, Denise C. Lewis

part IV|86 pages

Health, Mental Health, and Sexuality

chapter 17|18 pages

Sexuality and Cancer

ByChristine Benjamin

chapter 18|18 pages


Autism, Sex, Gender, and Sexuality
ByLeslie A. Sickels

chapter 19|16 pages

Sexy Spoonies and Crip Sex

Sexuality and Disability in a Social Work Context
ByShanna K. Kattari, Hillary K. Hecht, Yona E. Isaacs

chapter 20|15 pages

A Vision of Justice

Seeing the Sex-ABILITY of People with Intellectual Disabilities
ByGeorge W. Turner

chapter 21|17 pages

Neurodiverse Relationships

When Partners' Brains Are Wired Differently
ByLeslie A. Sickels

part V|54 pages

Sexual Health and Well-Being

chapter 22|13 pages

Orgasm and the Desire to be Desirable

ByJillian Buckley

chapter 23|15 pages

Understanding Consent among Emerging Adults

Wrestling with the Social Construction of Gender, Sexuality, and Salient Social Categories
ByAdrienne Baldwin-White, Candace Christensen

chapter 24|13 pages

Grab ‘Em by the Pussy

An Exploration of Consent in the #MeToo Era
ByLinda J. Hoffman

chapter 25|11 pages

Sexual Violence and The Steps to Recovery

From Reporting to Healing
ByPoonam Melwani

part VI|110 pages

Practice Issues

chapter 26|16 pages

Sex Therapy

Social Workers' Potential as Sexuality Experts
ByGeorge W. Turner

chapter 27|10 pages

Rethinking Sexual Risk

ByFinneran K. Muzzey, Jama Shelton, Maggie Dunleavy

chapter 28|15 pages

Therapist Self-Disclosure

Use of Self as a Transgender Therapist
ByJesse Kahn

chapter 29|17 pages

Somatic Experiencing and Sexuality

Trauma Resolution, Embodied Integration, and Sexual Health
ByLarry Iannotti

chapter 30|11 pages

Safeguarding Young People in Care

Sexuality and Relationship Education
ByLeonieke Boendermaker

chapter 32|10 pages

Show Me the Ropes

Common Kink Community Practices
ByAudrey Vera

part VII|60 pages

Regulating Sexuality

chapter 34|10 pages

Sexing and Genderizing Policy

Moving Beyond Binaries and Normatives
ByNick J. Mulé

chapter 35|19 pages

Scoping the Literature about LGBTQI Migrants A Critical Synthesis of Knowledge Produced about LGBTQI Migrants and Implications for Social Work

ByEdward Ou Jin Lee, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Helen Gleeson, Olivia Kamgain, François Luu, Annie Pullen-Sansfaçon

chapter 36|15 pages

From Fallen Women to the Tumblr Ban

Representing the Landscape of Sex Work from a Historical and Legal Perspective
ByMeg Panichelli, Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, Yvette Butler

chapter 37|14 pages

Regulation of Kink and BDSM

Pathologization through Diagnostic Tools
ByNick J. Mulé