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Each chapter opens with a chapter outline, chapter opening story or quotes, and concludes with a section titled “Healthy Decision Making,” and a chapter summary.
1. Sexuality Today.
Major Sociocultural Influences.
Historical Perspectives on Sexuality.
Current Theoretical Perspectives on Sexuality.
Research Methods in Sexuality.
2. Sexual Anatomy.
Female Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy.
Preventative Care of the Female Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy.
Male Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy.
Preventative Care of the Male Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy.
3. Physiology of Sexual Arousal and Response.
Models of Human Sexual Response.
The Sexual Response Cycle.
Neural and Hormonal Control of Sexual Response.
Other Factors Affecting Sexual Response.
4. Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth.
Conception and Fetal Development.
The Experience of Pregnancy.
Prenatal Medical Complications.
Infertility and Technological Advances in Conception.
Advances in Testing and Treating Fetal Problems.
Labor and Delivery.
The Postpartum Period.
5. Contraception and Abortion.
6. Sexual Development from Birth through Adolescence.
Theories of Sexual Development.
Childhood Sexuality: Birth to Eight Years.
Pre-Adolescent Sexuality: Eight to Twelve Years.
Sexuality in Adolescence: Twelve to Eighteen Years.
Issues in Adolescent Sexuality.
7. Sexual Development in Adulthood.
Psychosocial Challenges of Adulthood.
Cohabitation: An Alternative to Marriage?
Sexuality and Aging.
8. Gender Roles and Sexuality.
Prenatal Sex Differentiation
Sex, Gender, and Challenges to Stereotypes.
Biological and Social Theories of Gender.
A Closer Look at Environmental Influences.
Gender Roles and Interpersonal Relationships Between Genders
Similarities and Differences in Male and Female Sexuality.
9. Sexual Orientation.
Sexual Identity Formation.
Prevalence of Heterosexuality, Homosexuality, and Bisexuality.
Determining Sexual Orientation: Nature vs. Nurture.
The Lesbian/Gay Movement.
Heterosexism and Homophobia.
10. Love and Sensual Communication.
Maintaining a Love Relationship.
Conflict in Love Relationships.
Resolving Relationship Conflict.
Sex and Sensual Communication.
11. Sexual Coercion.
Sexual Abuse and Incest.
12. The Sexual Dysfunctions.
Types of Dysfunctions.
General Causes of Sexual Dysfunctions.
Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions.
13. Commercial Sex.
14. Atypical Sexual Behavior.
What Is Atypical Sexual Behavior?
General Features of Atypical Sexual Behavior.
Non-Coercive Sexual Behavior.
Coercive Sexual Behavior.
Explanations of Atypical Sexual Behavior.
Treatment of Problematic Sexual Behavior.
15. Sexually Transmissible Infections: Symptoms and Transmission.
The STI Epidemic.
Common Causes of Vaginal Infections.
Non-HIV Viral Infections.
The HIV Epidemic.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-HIV Sexually Transmissible Infections.
Diagnosis and Treatment of HIV.
Living with Incurable Sexually Transmissible Infections.
Reducing the Risks for Sexually Transmitted Infections.
STI Risk Reduction: Does It Work?
16. Health and Human Sexuality.
Physical Disabilities and Sexuality.
Protecting Your Sexual Health.