Beyond the Absence of Disease or Infirmity: The Case for Sexual Wellness


Examined a version of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) wellness model that was revised to include a ninth factor, sexual wellness: "understanding the human body, choosing the type and size of one's family, and experiencing satisfaction (alone or with consenting others) while maintaining autonomy, minimizing exposure to disease, and preserving safety." As expected, in a study of 216 college students, sexual wellness was found to be a memorable and valued factor - contributing incrementally to the model and bearing expected relationships with overall wellness, sexual satisfaction, mental health, and relevant psychosocial variables. Neglect of sexual wellness is liable to unduly limit SAMHSA's efforts to enhance outcomes for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of College Student Journal is the property of Project Innovation, Inc. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)



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