The master student in sexology - a pilot study at Malmö University

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Title The master student in sexology - a pilot study at Malmö University
Author(s) Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta ; Månsson, Sven-Axel
Date 2008
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Introduction and objectives: In 2007 a new master program in sexology started at the faculty of Health and Society at Malmö University, Sweden. The aim of the program is to offer an academic education on an advanced level, according to the Bologna process, to midwifes, social workers, psychologists and teachers that aspire to work or already work in the field of sexology. Moreover, the program intends to attract aspiring researchers to continue on a higher level at the university. In the first round, more than 130 applications were submitted by prospective students, 30 were accepted and started their studies in the fall of 2007. A second group will start in the fall of 2008. But who are the master students in sexology? Which are their demographic and professional backgrounds? And what intentions do they have with their studies? Methods: As part of a future study about sexologists as professionals and the professionalization of sexology, a pilot questionnaire study has been conducted, containing. The sample is limited to the first class of master students at the sexology program at Malmö University. At the time of the study they had terminated three out of four courses of their first year of a total of three years. 23 out of 29 students answered completed the questionnaire. Preliminary results: A majority of the students are women (87 %), ages 35-45 (23 % 35-40 years and 23 % 40-45 years). Nearly 70 % are married or cohabit, 13 % are singles or/and divorced. Almost half of the students are social workers (48 %), while nurses (17, 4 %) and midwifes (17, 4 %) are fewer but still well represented. A few are psychologists and one is a teacher. Most of them are professionals with “sexological elements” as a part of their daily work (73 %), mainly of an advisory and/or informative character (65 %). A majority intend to work as sexologists after their master degree (70 %), and more than half of the them wants to begin a research career (56, 6 %). The majority are satisfied with the form and content of master program (64 %), however approximately one third (36, 4 %) is not. The latter demand a more clinical perspective and consider the master program having too much of a sociological focus. On the other hand, the students are aware of that two more years of the master program probably will secure a better balance between the clinical and sociological aspects of sexology. . Conclusions: The interest from professionals to attend a master program in sexology is very extensive, which means that Malmö University has to secure a continued high quality education on an advanced level and offer both competent teachers in the sexological field and supervisors for the master thesis in order to meet the student’s expectations and professional needs. Many of the students also aspire for a research career, which means that Malmö University has to prepare itself for studies on a higher level according to the Bologna process.
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Master program, Sexology
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note 31st NACS conference, Reykjavik, Sept. 4th-7th, 2008
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