Introduction The Biopsychosocial model (BPS) represents a comprehensive paradigm of consolidated practices. Although it has been outlined as the gold standard in sexology, its implementation is often challenging. The sex-positive approach is a ground-breaking movement that is gaining popularity all over and is focused on the recognition of different sexual expressions as valid, consensual, healthy, and meaningful. However, a pragmatic implementation of this approach is still missing. Methods A critical review was conducted based on bibliographic research on Medline, PubMed, EBSCO, Cochrane Library, Scopus and Web of Science on relevant articles published from January 2011 to July 2021. Results A total of 116 papers were included in the following review, indicating an increasing body of research about BPS and sex-positive frameworks during the last 10 years. One of the main limitations in the BPS is the scarce attention paid to socio-cultural factors involved in sexual expressions, such as the role of negative attitudes towards sexuality that may affect health care professionals’ work. An application of the sex-positive approach to the BPS model may bring greater attention to the needs, values and desires of the individual, as well as allow a new knowledge and understanding of sexuality within a broader spectrum, including diversities and pleasures. Conclusions The sex-positive approach represents a viable path that entails the willingness of health care professionals to get involved actively; criticize their personal attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge about sex and work hard to improve their practice in sexology. Policy Implications A discussion of the possible fruitful integration between the BPS and the sex-positive approach is presented, highlighting practical applications in research, clinical practice, training and sex education and giving possible directions for future studies and policies.

The biopsychosocial model and the sex-positive approach: an integrative perspective for sexology and general health care / Nimbi, Filippo Maria; Galizia, Roberta; Rossi, Roberta; Limoncin, Erika; Ciocca, Giacomo; Fontanesi, Lilibeth; Jannini, Emmanuele Angelo; Simonelli, Chiara; Tambelli, Renata. - In: SEXUALITY RESEARCH AND SOCIAL POLICY. - ISSN 1868-9884. - (2021). [10.1007/s13178-021-00647-x]

The biopsychosocial model and the sex-positive approach: an integrative perspective for sexology and general health care

Nimbi, Filippo Maria
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Galizia, Roberta;Rossi, Roberta;Limoncin, Erika;Ciocca, Giacomo;Simonelli, Chiara;Tambelli, Renata
2021

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Introduction The Biopsychosocial model (BPS) represents a comprehensive paradigm of consolidated practices. Although it has been outlined as the gold standard in sexology, its implementation is often challenging. The sex-positive approach is a ground-breaking movement that is gaining popularity all over and is focused on the recognition of different sexual expressions as valid, consensual, healthy, and meaningful. However, a pragmatic implementation of this approach is still missing. Methods A critical review was conducted based on bibliographic research on Medline, PubMed, EBSCO, Cochrane Library, Scopus and Web of Science on relevant articles published from January 2011 to July 2021. Results A total of 116 papers were included in the following review, indicating an increasing body of research about BPS and sex-positive frameworks during the last 10 years. One of the main limitations in the BPS is the scarce attention paid to socio-cultural factors involved in sexual expressions, such as the role of negative attitudes towards sexuality that may affect health care professionals’ work. An application of the sex-positive approach to the BPS model may bring greater attention to the needs, values and desires of the individual, as well as allow a new knowledge and understanding of sexuality within a broader spectrum, including diversities and pleasures. Conclusions The sex-positive approach represents a viable path that entails the willingness of health care professionals to get involved actively; criticize their personal attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge about sex and work hard to improve their practice in sexology. Policy Implications A discussion of the possible fruitful integration between the BPS and the sex-positive approach is presented, highlighting practical applications in research, clinical practice, training and sex education and giving possible directions for future studies and policies.
2021
biopsychosocial model; sex positive; clinical psychology; medicine; counselling; sexology; sexual medicine
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The biopsychosocial model and the sex-positive approach: an integrative perspective for sexology and general health care / Nimbi, Filippo Maria; Galizia, Roberta; Rossi, Roberta; Limoncin, Erika; Ciocca, Giacomo; Fontanesi, Lilibeth; Jannini, Emmanuele Angelo; Simonelli, Chiara; Tambelli, Renata. - In: SEXUALITY RESEARCH AND SOCIAL POLICY. - ISSN 1868-9884. - (2021). [10.1007/s13178-021-00647-x]
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