Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity / Edition 8by Spencer A. Rathus, Jeffrey S. Nevid, Lois Fichner-Rathus
Pub. Date: 01/28/2010
Human Sexuality in a World of Diversity builds upon the successful formula of integrating multicultural and multiethnic perspectives throughout that has made this one of the top sexuality books on the market. The fourth edition continues to broaden understanding of the range of cultural differences in human sexual experiences both around the world and within our own society. With the addition of a new feature on sexuality In the New Millennium, the book continues to lead the way in exploring new directions in human sexuality. Offers comprehensive updating of scientific developments in the field, including topics such as contraception, AIDS, and STDs. Includes self-assessment exercises and self-scoring questionnaires that give opportunities to explore attitudes and beliefs. Includes coverage of the recent Council on Aging study on sexuality and sexual activity among older adults. For anyone interested in psychological, health related, sociological, and biological aspects of human sexuality.
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Table of Contents
1. What is Human Sexuality.
What Is Human Sexuality.
Thinking Critically About Human Sexuality.
Perspectives on Human Sexuality.
2. Research Methods.
A Scientific Approach to Human Sexuality.
Populations and Samples: Representing the World of Diversity.
Methods of Observation.
The Correlational Method.
The Experimental Method.
Ethics in Sex Research.
3. Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology.
External Sex Organs.
Internal Sex Organs.
The Menstrual Cycle.
4. Male Sexual Anatomy and Physiology.
External Sex Organs.
Internal Sex Organs.
Diseases of the Urogenital System.
Male Sexual Functions.
5. Sexual Arousal and Response.
Making Sense of Sex: The Role of the Senses in Sexual Arousal.
Aphrodisiacs: Of Spanish Flies and Rhino Horns.
Sexual Response and the Brain: Cerebral Sex?
Sex Hormones: Do They “Goad” Us into Sex?
The Sexual Response Cycle.
Controversies About Orgasm.
6. Gender Identity and Gender Roles.
Prenatal Sexual Differentiation.
Gender Roles and Stereotypes.
Gender Differences: Vive la Difference or Vive la Similarite?
On Becoming a Man or a Woman: Gender Typing.
Gender Roles and Sexual Behavior.
Psychological Androgyny: The More Traits, the Merrier?
7. Attraction and Love.
8. Relationships, Intimacy, and Communication.
The ABC(DE)s of Romantic Relationships.
Loneliness: “All the Lonely People, Where Do They All ComeFrom?”
Communication Skills for Enhancing Relationships and Sexual Relations.
9. Sexual Techniques and Behavior Patterns.
Solitary Sexual Behavior.
Sexual Behavior with Others.
10. Sexual Orientation.
Perspectives on Gay Male and Lesbian Sexual Orientations.
Adjustment of Gay Males and Lesbians.
Coming Out: Coming to Terms with Being Gay.
Patterns of Sexual Activity Among Gay Males and Lesbians.
11. Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth.
Conception: Against All Odds.
Infertility and Alternative Ways of Becoming Parents.
The Postpartum Period.
12. Contraception and Abortion.
Methods of Contraception.
The Search Goes On.
13. Sexuality in Childhood and Adolescence.
Infancy (0 to 2 years): The Search for the Origins of Human Sexuality.
Early Childhood (3 to 8 years).
Preadolescence (9 to 13 years).
Teenagers and Sex: Where Do We Stand?
14. Sexuality in Adulthood.
Cohabitation: Darling, Would You Be My POSSLQ?
Sex in the Later Years.
Sex and Disability.
15. Sexual Dysfunctions.
Types of Sexual Dysfunctions.
Origins of Sexual Dysfunctions.
Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions.
How Do You Find a Qualified Sex Therapist?
16. Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Prevention of STIs: More Than Safer Sex.
17. Atypical Sexual Variations.
Normal Versus Deviant Sexual Behavior.
Treatment of the Paraphilias.
18. Sexual Coercion.
Verbal Sexual Coercion.
Sexual Abuse of Children.
Treatment of Rapists and Child Molesters.
19. Commercial Sex.
The World of Commercial Sex: A Disneyland for Adults.
Pornography and Obscenity.
20. Making Responsible Sexual Decisions-An Epilogue.
Choices, Information, and Decision Making.
The Balance Sheet for Decision Making.
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