How Art Therapy Can Be Used to Teach Queer Inclusive Sex Education to Queer Youth: A Literature Review
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MA - Master of Arts
Raquel Chapin Stephenson, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LCAT
This literature review examines the potential of art-making as a tool to educate and inform queer youth about queer sexual experiences. Many queer individuals lack information about safe and healthy sex due to the exclusion of queer experiences in sex education programs. Current sex programs solely focus on abstinence and heterosexual experiences, leaving queer youth in the dark about what to expect from future sexual experiences they may have and how to practice safe queer sex. Through a search of the literature, it was discovered that there is a gap in research using art therapy in this specific context. Through an exploration of the topics of art therapy, LGBTQIA+ history, feminist theory, queer theory, and object relations theory, previous research and writing are integrated into the conceptualization of the potential benefits that would come from the exploration of queer experiences in sex education through art therapy with queer youth.
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Souza, Olivia, "How Art Therapy Can Be Used to Teach Queer Inclusive Sex Education to Queer Youth: A Literature Review" (2023). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 705.
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