Sexuality, gender and intimacy, reflecting on professional practice

Priscilla Dunk-West, Trish Hafford-Letchfield

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This chapter examines some of the key gaps in knowledge and considers ways in which professional education might respond to such gaps. It traces some of the key findings of the research showcased and explores the utility of using a life course approach to understand sexuality, intimacy and gender. The life course approach can be conceptualised in two ways. First, it is an approach to demonstrate the ubiquity of issues relating to sexuality and gender at varying points throughout one's lifetime. Second, such a framework can be used to imagine an individual's trajectory in life, from birth to death. Social work education must respond to the needs of its service users: professionals working with people will likely encounter issues relating to gender, sexuality, intimacy and relationships. This requires professionals to exercise skills and knowledge about such issues. More specifically, the life course approach offers a way to frame such issues.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care
Subtitle of host publicationA Lifecourse Epistemology
EditorsPriscilla Dunk-West, Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781315398785
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-22587-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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