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date: 29 November 2022

Human Sexualitylocked

Human Sexualitylocked

  • Laina Y. Bay-ChengLaina Y. Bay-ChengPhD Program Director & Associate Professor, University at Buffalo School of Social Work, State University of New York


This entry defines sexuality and identifies dominant explanatory models. In doing so, the entry outlines the central debate regarding the relative contributions of biology and social context. In addition, it highlights current key issues in the field of sexuality: the connection between sexuality and social inequality, the growing emphasis on the promotion of sexual health and well-being rather than just the prevention of sexual risk, the salience of sexuality across the life course, and the debate regarding sexuality education policy. Finally, it identifies parallels between these trends and social work, including the relation of sexuality to social work roles and practice.


  • Children and Adolescents
  • Couples and Families
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Human Behavior
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Updated in this version

Incorporated new scholarship and findings. Coverage of sexuality education expanded and updated.

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