• Anette Crone Jessen
  • Joan Lysholdt
4. term, Master of Sexology (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
Studies indicate that social workers only talk to young people about sexual issues when there are concerns about sexual assault, sexual violence or diseases related to sexuality. It is in adolescence that young people develop their identity and sexuality. It is during this period that young people are searching, curious and gaining experience. Some young people may need advice, support and help. This particularly applies for the group of vulnerable and at risk young people.

The purpose of the thesis is to investigate whether social workers perceive sexuality as part of social work

The thesis is carried out through a systematic literature search combined with individual semi-structured interviews of four municipally employed social workers who work with young people. The interviews have subsequently been transcribed and analyzed, thus creating four themes: Professional prerequisites, Legislation and frameworks, Barriers and Ethical dilemmas.

Like foreign studies, this thesis has also shown that sexuality is associated with taboo and general discomfort dealing with the topic. Social workers lack professional knowledge and methods to talk about sex and sexuality. Occurring barriers are taboo, personal and professional competences and legislation. Knowledge, less embarrassment, collegiate and managerial support as well as the implementation of the Ex-PLISSIT model as a method will strengthen sexuality's place in social work.
Publication dateMay 2021
Number of pages94
ID: 410641148