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Examining Sexual Health Discourses in a Racial/Ethnic Context

Lewis, Linwood J (2004) Examining Sexual Health Discourses in a Racial/Ethnic Context. Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 33 (3). pp. 223-234.

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Sexual health is a complex, multidimensional construct. In analyzing race and ethnicity in sexual health, this article examines 2 domains of discourse: (1) preventive sexual health, a public health oriented domain of discourse concerned with the prevention of disease, and (2) eudaemonic sexual health, a domain of discourse concerned with attainment of sexual pleasure within a moral context. Research on the sexual health of ethnic minority populations is typically focused on preventive sexual health. There is an underemphasis on eudaemonic discourses when applied to ethnic minority persons, particularly in the examination of ethnic variations in sexual dysfunction. Medicalization of sexual dysfunction, control of minority sexualities, and ethnically oriented cultural scenarios are cited as reasons for this underemphasis. Exploring racial/ethnic aspects of eudaemonic sexual health can deepen understanding of sexual health in multiple domains and strengthen the ability to promote sexual health for all.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual health; race; ethnicity; sex therapy
Subjects: Health > Public Health
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Sexual Habits
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2011 11:47
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/461

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