Sexual Counseling in Student Health

  • Oliver Bjorksten
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Student counseling is of particular interest to many counsellors because we feel close to students chronologically and often in fantasy. At times, we eagerly enter and romanticize the events in students’ lives, without tempering our view with a realistic perspective on the particular developmental issues for the student.As students enter adulthood, they are often conflicted. They experience ambivalence regarding identity, autonomy, relationships, and their future life goals. They have reached the point in their lives where they are struggling to separate from primary relationships and to leave home in order to find their own directions and establish their own life-style. They are often unaccustomed to the degree of personal freedom they experience, nor have they had the experience of making decisions for which they must assume final responsibility. The fact that there are no longer authority figures on whom to depend may increase insecurity, although it often brings a welcome relief.


Sexual Behavior Sexual Problem Premature Ejaculation Student Health Sexual Difficulty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Bjorksten
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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