Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

McAllister, Carolyn


This study utilized surveys to assess the preparedness and comfortability levels of graduate social work students discussing sex and sexuality with future clients using a quantitative exploratory research design. The purpose of the research was to assess graduate social work students' preparedness and comfortability levels discussing sex and sexuality and to determine possible recommendations for graduate social work education and potential policy changes concerning sex education for graduate social work students. The data was collected from sixty-two participants, from a Southern California University, who were sent a survey via their student emails. The data was analyzed using SPSS. The study showed a significant relationship between familiarity with comprehensive sex education, sex positivity, and present feelings of comfort discussing sex and sexuality with future clients. The study identified a significant relationship between non-heterosexual participants and their future working environment. This study includes recommendations for future research and an expanded social work curriculum

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