Living Kinky


Spring 2018

Document Type

Poster Session


Social Work


Paula Gerstenblatt PhD


Current research around BDSM bondage-discipline, domination-submission (BDSM) and kink often serves to pathologize behaviors we now recognize as part of a healthy sexual expression for individuals, couples, and poly groups alike. Kink can be defined as sensual, erotic, or otherwise sexual behaviors that are considered unconventional within the context of a society, and while these behaviors have been depathologized with the release of the DSM-V, much of the existing research has been slow to reflect these changes.

Through a phenomenological approach this study offers a glimpse into the lived experience of five self-identified kinky individuals (n=5) with consideration of their identities, relationships, and individual experiences. Findings will inform social work practice, research, and also provide a deeper understanding for other service providers working in a therapeutic setting.

Start Date

April 2018



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