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Title: Sexology in Portugal: narratives by Portuguese sexologists
Authors: Alarcão, V.
Beato, A.
Almeida, J.
Machado, F. L.
Giami, A.
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis
Abstract: This article presents the emergence and development of modern sexology in Portugal through the analysis of Portuguese sexologists’ narratives, to explore how they commit to a professional identity as sexologists, and to discuss how they integrate their professional role into the vast multidisciplinary field of sexology. In-depth interviews were conducted with 44 key professionals, purposefully recruited to guarantee heterogeneity concerning generation, gender, training, and practice. Content analysis focused on highlighting differences and articulations among the main professionals making up the field. The findings indicate that sexology is not seen as a full-fledged profession but rather as a specialization or a secondary field of action. The sexual medicine perspective is prevalent and more visible among physicians, thus reflecting the gap between psychosocial and biomedical approaches. A close link between clinical work and research and a gap between clinical work and health promotion were found. Despite the multidisciplinary nature of sexology being acknowledged, it is not fully implemented by the experts in the field. However, it is this characteristic that permitted sexology to institutionalize and to legitimate itself as a discourse of truth about sex, in Portugal as in other countries.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2015.1104286
ISSN: 0022-4499
Accession number: WOS:000386465700012
Appears in Collections:CIES-RI - Artigos em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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