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The study of sexuality and sexual health is diverse and multi-disciplinary. It includes scholars, researchers, and clinicians working within the many branches of science, public health and medicine, as well as therapists, activists, and educators addressing the functional issues of sexuality within the social, cultural, and political spheres.

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The History and Concept of Sexology (book excerpt from The Birth of Sexology: A Brief History in Documents, by Erwin J. Haeberle

Pioneers of Sexology (external link to Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology)

History of The Kinsey Institute and the work of Dr. Alfred Kinsey

Educational and Research Centers

The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction

Other Educational and Training Opportunities

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Sex Therapy

Sex therapists work directly with individuals and couples on problems in their sexual lives. Training as a sex therapist often includes graduate or college degrees in counseling, education, social work, healthcare, or psychology, and then post-graduate speciality training in sex therapy. For more on How to Become a Sexuality Educator, Counselor, or Therapist, contact the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). The American Psychological Association (APA) also has a helpful webpage How to Choose a Psychotherapist, which offers a description of therapy, the role of the psychotherapist, and possible routes to licensing.

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Sexual Rights

International health organizations include sexual and reproductive rights as fundamental aspects of human rights. For specific definitions and documents, see:

Universal Declaration of Sexual Rights (World Congress of Sexuality, Hong Kong, 1999)

Sexual Health for the Millenium: A Declaration and Technical Document (PDF) (World Association for Sexual Health, 2008) Note: PDF is a 3 MB file.

Charter on Sexual and Reproductive Rights (International Planned Parenthood Federation)

Reproductive Rights (United Nations Population Fund- UNPF)


Sexuality Research Libraries and Collections

The Kinsey Institute Collections include library and archival materials, films, art, artifacts and photography.

For information on other collections, see other research libraries and collections.

Professional Associations

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
SSSS is an interdisciplinary, international organization for sexuality researchers, clinicians, educators, and other professionals in related fields. The society's WWW site provides information on upcoming meetings, training opportunities, and Society publications, including the quarterly newsletter, Sexual Science.

University Consortium for Sexuality Research and Training (UCSRT)
The UCSRT connects researchers, educators, professionals, and researchers-in-training to promote the development of training and research in sexuality across disciplines, fields, and sites. Through Dialogues, researchers can communicate, network and collaborate online.

World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)
The World Association for Sexual Health promotes sexual health throughout the world and lifespan by developing, promoting and supporting sexology and sexual rights.

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
AASECT is an interdisciplinary organization that provides certification for professionals. Its WWW site lists therapists by region, as well as information for professionals.

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