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The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about sexuality. It is the oldest organization of professionals interested in the study of sexuality in the United States. SSSS brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals who believe in the importance of both the production of quality research and the clinical, educational, and social applications of research related to all aspects of sexuality.
In 1957, The Society was founded to encourage systematic investigation of sexuality. The early 20th century had produced phenomenal growth in scientific understanding; however, similar gains were not being made in understanding sexuality. Knowledge often mixed with misunderstanding and confusion. Through interdisciplinary cooperation, The Society continues to support the study of sexuality as a valid area for research by the scientific community.
A strength of The Society is the range of disciplines represented by its members, conference participants, and journal authors. A broad interdisciplinary perspective is insured by dialogue and research contributions from biologists, physicians, nurses, therapists, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, educators, and theologians.
The Society is organized into three regional organizations (Eastern, Midcontinent, and Western) and also supports a program of Special Interest Groups (SIGs). There are currently eight Board-approved SIGs: Sexual Aggression; Feminist Perspectives; Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual; Cross-cultural Research; Educators in Sexual Science; Sex Educators in the Health Professions; Students and Young Professionals; and HIV/AIDS. Both national and regional conferences are held annually.
Please Note: Beverly Whipple was SSSS President from 2002-2003. It was incorrectly stated as 1993-1994 in the video.
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