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Research Article  |   April 1988
Sexual Functioning as a Topic in Occupational Therapy Training: A Survey of Programs
Author Affiliations
  • Mary Jane Payne, MA, OTR, is Instructor of Occupational Therapy at Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112. At the time of this study, she was the Director of Occupational Therapy at Saint Joseph Center for Mental Health in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Donald L. Greer, PhD, is Assistant Professor in Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • David E. Corbin, PhD, is Associate Professor of Health Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
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Research Article   |   April 1988
Sexual Functioning as a Topic in Occupational Therapy Training: A Survey of Programs
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1988, Vol. 42, 227-230. doi:10.5014/ajot.42.4.227
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1988, Vol. 42, 227-230. doi:10.5014/ajot.42.4.227
Abstract

To investigate the current status of sex education in occupational therapy curricula, a questionnaire survey was mailed to department chairs of 67 university programs that were either accredited or in the application process. A total of 50 programs returned usable responses. The results indicate that occupational therapy may be in a transition period: A significant minority of the respondents were either undecided about or against including sexual functioning in occupational therapy, but the majority were of the opinion that the patient’s sexual functioning is an important domain of occupational therapy practice. A high percentage of programs reported that instructional time was being devoted to the basics of sexual functioning, but programs varied considerably in the amount of time allocated for this topic.