Exploring Human Sexuality: Making Healthy Decisions / Edition 2

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Exploring Human Sexuality presents a unifying theme of physical and psychological sexual health that encourages students to think critically and make healthy decisions within a framework that integrates physiological, psychological, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. McAnulty and Burnette take a scholarly, research-oriented approach while presenting the material within a "friendly advisor" framework, highlighting health issues and diversity. Students are challenged to critically analyze and apply information to their own lives.

Highlights of the Second Edition:

  • Includes new coverage of sexuality around the world, family's influence on sexuality, and religion.
  • Did You Know? features include interesting statistics and thought-provoking comments on hot topics and cross-cultural differences.
  • In Your Own Words features highlight current college students discussing some aspect of sexuality in their own lives.
  • Reflect on This features challenge students to apply what they have read to themselves or assess their thinking on particular topics.
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Editorial Reviews

An undergraduate text with a user-friendly format, featuring many boxed readings on health, gender, culture, and news issues, plus color photos. Offers an integrated view of the physiological, psychological, social, and cultural factors that affect human sexuality, emphasizing sexual health and healthy decision making. Sections cover the biological basis of sexuality, reproduction and development, the social context, problems and issues in sexuality, and sexual health. McAnulty is affiliated with the University of North Carolina- Charlotte. Burnette is affiliated with the Community College of Allegheny County. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205380596
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/14/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard McAnulty and Michelle Burnette
The authors are both Clinical Psychologists who received specific training in sexual dysfunctions and disorders while studying at the University of Georgia. Their different areas of professional emphasis and employment settings provide the authors with a broad perspective on human sexuality; this perspective encompasses sexuality and health, including the host of physical, psychological, and interpersonal nuances and factors in sexual adjustment.

Dr. Richard D. McAnulty is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He currently teaches human sexuality and advanced topics courses in sexuality. He has written about and conducted research on such topics as measurement of sexual arousal, patterns of sexual arousal in accused child molesters, child sexual abuse, expert testimony in child sexual abuse cases, sexual coercion and dating relationships, religiousness and pedophilia, and topless dancers. He co-edited The Psychology of Sexual Orientation, Behavior, and Identity and has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including The Journal of Sex Research. He currently specializes in the assessment and treatment of sexual disorders.

Dr. M. Michele Burnette formerly was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University. She taught human sexuality at the undergraduate level for several years as well as graduate-level courses on sexual dysfunction and therapy. Her research activities focused on the behavioral management of genital herpes recurrences, AIDS attitudes and behaviors,acquaintance rape, and the impact of exercise on sexual function. In her years of clinical experience she conducted relationship therapy and counseled clients for sexual dysfunctions and disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (including post-rape trauma), childhood sexual abuse, infertility, and perinatal complications and bereavement. Dr. Burnette also completed a Research Fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. While conducting research on the impact of health behaviors on cardiovascular health in women, Dr. Burnette obtained a Master of Public Health degree. Currently, she is a part-time writer and teacher at area colleges, including the University of Pittsburgh.

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Table of Contents

Preface xxi
Art 1 An Introduction to Sexuality and Sexual Health
Chapter 1 Sexuality Today 2
Contemporary Trends 4
Major Sociocultural Influences 13
Historical Perspectives on Sexuality 19
Current Theoretical Perspectives on Sexuality 27
Healthy Decision Making 34
Summary 34
Chapter 2 Research Methods in Sexuality 36
Sexology: The Science of Sex 38
The Scientific Approach 39
Goals of Scientific Research 39
Rules and Fundamental Assumptions in Science 40
Measurement in Science 42
Research Designs in Science 46
Issues and Controversies in Sexology 58
Healthy Decision Making 62
Summary 63
Art 2 The Biological Basis of Sexuality
Chapter 3 Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy 64
Female Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy 65
Common Diseases of the Female Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy 77
Preventive Care of the Female Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy 84
Male Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy 87
Common Diseases of the Male Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy 98
Preventive Care of the Male Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy 102
Healthy Decision Making 104
Summary 105
Chapter 4 Physiology of Sexual Arousal and Response
Models of Human Sexual Response 107
The Sexual Response Cycle 114
Neural and Hormonal Control of Sexual Response 119
Other Factors Affecting Sexual Response 126
Healthy Decision Making 132
Summary 133
Art 3 Reproduction and Sexual Development
Chapter 5 Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth 134
Conception and Fetal Development 135
The Experience of Pregnancy 140
Prenatal Care 144
Prenatal Medical Complications 152
Infertility and Technological Advances in Conception 155
Sex Selection 159
Advances in Testing for and Treating Fetal Problems 160
Labor and Delivery 163
The Postpartum Period 169
Healthy Decision Making 175
Summary 176
Chapter 6 Contraception and Abortion 178
Contraception 180
Contraceptive Methods 184
Abortion 205
Healthy Decision Making 214
Summary 215
Chapter 7 Sexual Development from Birth Through Adolescence 216
Theories of Sexual Development 217
Sex Differentiation 222
Childhood Sexuality: Birth to 8 Years 227
Pre-Adolescent Sexuality: 8 to 12 Years 229
Sexuality in Adolescence: 12 to 18 Years 232
Issues in Adolescent Sexuality 240
Healthy Decision Making 250
Summary 251
Chapter 8 Sexual Development in Adulthood 252
Psychosocial Challenges of Adulthood 254
Singlehood 262
Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage? 270
Marriage 270
Divorce 279
Sexuality and Aging 283
Healthy Decision Making 286
Summary 287
Art 4 The Social Context of Sexuality
Chapter 9 Gender Roles and Sexuality 288
Sex, Gender, and Challenges to Stereotypes 289
Biological and Social Theories of Gender 293
A Closer Look at Environmental Influences 299
Gender Roles and Well-Being 305
Gender Roles and Cross-Sex Interpersonal Relationships 307
Similarities and Differences in Male and Female Sexuality 309
Healthy Decision Making 315
Summary 317
Chapter 10 Sexual Orientation 318
Sexual Orientation: What's in a Name? 320
Sexual Identity Formation 321
Prevalence of Heterosexuality, Homosexuality, and Bisexuality 327
Descriptive Models of Sexuality 328
Determining Sexual Orientation: Nature versus Nurture 331
The Lesbian and Gay Movement 338
Sexual Communities 340
Relationships 343
Heterosexism and Homophobia 347
Healthy Decision Making 349
Summary 350
Chapter 11 Love and Sensual Communication 352
Love 354
Love Relationships 363
Maintaining Love Relationships 365
Conflict in Love Relationships 367
Resolving Relationship Conflict 368
Relationship Problems 373
Sex and Sensual Communication 376
Healthy Decision Making 385
Summary 386
Art 5 Issues and Problems in Sexuality
Chapter 12 Sexual Coercion 388
Sexual Assault 390
Sexual Abuse and Incest 409
Sexual Harassment 415
Healthy Decision Making 425
Summary 426
Chapter 13 Sexual Dysfunctions 428
Overview of Sexual Dysfunctions 430
Types of Sexual Dysfunctions 432
General Causes of Sexual Dysfunctions 448
Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions 452
Healthy Decision Making 462
Summary 463
Chapter 14 Commercial Sex 464
Pornography 466
Adult Entertainment 477
Prostitution 479
Healthy Decision Making 488
Summary 489
Chapter 15 Atypical Sexual Behavior 490
A Historical Perspective 491
General Features of Atypical Sexual Behavior 493
Noncoercive Atypical Sexual Behavior 495
Coercive Atypical Sexual Behavior 502
Explanations of Atypical Sexual Behavior 508
Treatment of Problematic Sexual Behavior 514
Healthy Decision Making 516
Summary 517
Art 6 Sexual Health
Chapter 16 Sexually Transmissible Infections: Symptoms and Transmission 518
The STI Epidemic 520
Vaginal Infections 521
Parasitic Infections 523
Bacterial Infections 524
Non-HIV Viral Infections 531
The HIV Epidemic 538
Healthy Decision Making 548
Summary 549
Chapter 17 Sexually Transmissible Infections: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Risk Reduction 550
Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-HIV STIs 551
Diagnosis and Treatment of HIV/AIDS 556
Living with Incurable STIs 560
Reducing the Risks of STIs 563
Healthy Decision Making 572
Summary 572
Chapter 18 Health and Human Sexuality 574
Life-Threatening Diseases 578
Chronic Illnesses 591
Spinal Cord Injury 599
Protecting Your Sexual Health 602
Healthy Decision Making 607
Summary 607
Glossary 609
Photo Credits 620
References 621
Name Index 669
Subject Index 682
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