Sexologist as a profession : a qualitative study in Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Sexologist as a profession : a qualitative study in Sweden
Author(s) Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta
Date 2012
English abstract
The overall objective of this study is to explore the evolution of sexology profession in Sweden, and additionally to compare some of these trends with otherEuropean sexologists. More specific, the study aims to get in-depth knowledge of Swedish sexologist’s own descriptionsof themselves and their profession. Data was collected through qualitative research interviews with 34 professionally active sexologistsand members of The Swedish Association for Sexology, [SFS],26 womenand 8 men, aged 34–88 years.Results show that the informants can be divided into medical and therapeutical sexologists, all of whom identify strongly with their primary profession prior to becoming sexologists. Physician as sexologist has given way to healthcare professionals such as social workers and nurses, whereby sexology has been transformed into a female-dominated field in Sweden as well as in other European countries. This paradigm shift has has created tensions between different approaches. Based on varying skills and educational backgrounds, different groups of sexologists have emerged:pioneers, competence sexologists,entrepreneurs,research sexologists and the non-professionals. Competition is not experienced toward others within the interdisciplinary realm of sexology, but rather between those who have professional authority and those non-professionals who strive for legitimacy in the field.
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Publisher Humbold University
Host/Issue Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology;November
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) sexologist
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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