Samuel Hughes

Samuel Hughes

UCSC

Samuel Hughes is a psychological researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz who studies the experiences of kinky individuals in the context of the social world. He investigates the role of identity, self-concept, personality, stress, and intersectionality on the development and enactment of kink, BDSM, and fetish desires. He also examines the impact of self-pathologization, discrimination, and stigma on kinky individuals’ mental health outcomes, as well as identifies strategies for combating depressive symptoms among kinksters. His work also describes the profound opportunities for recreation, self-exploration, healing and social support offered by kink communities.

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