Human Sexuality Today / Edition 8

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Examines how human sexuality impacts students’ lives today

Human Sexuality Today Plus NEW MyPsychLab with eText - Access Card Package, 8/e ,is an appealing, readable, and humanistic guide to human sexuality, with a sound balance between facts and understanding. Through the authors’ conversational writing style, readers will gain insight into human sexuality, helping them feel comfortable about themselves and their own sexuality.

MyDevelopmentLab is an integral part of the King program. Engaging activities and assessments provide a teaching and learning system that helps measure students’ success. With MyDevelopmentLab, students can watch videos on human sexuality, study key terms and concepts with flashcards, and develop critical thinking skills through writing.

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Editorial Reviews

An updated edition (first, 1991) of comprehensive scope, covering everything from anatomy and hormones to STDs, gender roles, sexual abuse, and communication in a manner that is scientifically-based yet warm. Includes a study guide, ample references, and a glossary. Straightforward b&w illustrations, with a few in color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205988006
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 12/20/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 296,497
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce King received a B.A. in psychology from UCLA in 1969 and a Ph.D. in biopsychology from the University of Chicago in 1978. He taught for 29 years at the University of New Orleans and is presently chair of the Department of Psychology at Clemson University. He has taught human sexuality to over 50,000 students. In addition to conducting research in the field of human sexuality, Dr. King has co-authored a textbook on statistics and has published over 75 papers on the biological basis of feeding behavior and obesity. He is a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, and the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Why a Course in Human Sexuality?

Chapter 2: Our Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy.

Chapter 3: Hormones and Sexuality.

Chapter 4: Similarities and Differences in Our Sexual Responses.

Chapter 5: Sexually Transmitted Infections and Sexually Related Diseases.

Chapter 6: Birth Control.

Chapter 7: Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Chapter 8: Becoming a Woman/Becoming a Man: Gender Identity and Gender Roles.

Chapter 9: Sexual Orientation.

Chapter 10: Life-Span Sexual Development.

Chapter 11: Adult Sexual Behaviors and Attitudes.

Chapter 12: Love and Relationships.

Chapter 13: Sexual Problems and Therapy.

Chapter 14: Paraphilias and Sexual Variants.

Chapter 15: Sexual Victimization: Rape, Coercion, Harassment, and Abuse of Children.

Chapter 16: Selling Sex: Social and Legal Issues

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There has never been a greater need for human sexuality education than at the beginning of the 21st century. Unfortunately, with the AIDS crisis and high teenage pregnancy rate, a lot of important information has been presented in a negative way. Although one of my goals in writing this book is for students to understand the relevant facts in order to make responsible decisions in their daily lives, an equally important goal has been to present the information in a warm, non-threatening way that leaves students with positive feelings about sex and their own sexuality.

When I began to write this text I recalled my students' complaints about the dryness, sterility, and length of books I had used previously. So with them in mind, I tried to create a book that was factual and thorough, yet readable and interesting. Thus I have included numerous case studies (most contributed by my own students!) to supplement and make more personal the substantial coverage of scientific studies. Although my writing style is purposely conversational, I have worked hard to maintain the scientific foundation of my presentation. This fourth edition has well over 2,000 references for students who wish to use the book as a resource. In addition, the section on HIV/AIDS is as thorough and up-to-date as can be found in any human sexuality textbook.

The final test for any textbook is whether or not students will read it, learn from it, and enjoy it. As a result of feedback from students and reviewers, the book has continually evolved in an attempt to create an ever-better product. The fourth edition includes a new chapter on sexuality as a social concept as well as new sections throughoutthe book on cross-cultural comparisons. The chapter on communication has been moved up so that students may benefit from it at an earlier part in the course.

The cost of textbooks to students has become an increasing concern to many. Besides the cost of the primary textbook, already prohibitive for some, there is the added cost of a student's study guide. However, because it has been the goal of Prentice Hall and myself to publish a high-quality textbook at the lowest possible expense to the students, the Student Study Guide is now included at the end of each chapter at no additional cost to the student.


I offer my deepest gratitude to Dr. Cameron Camp, who helped write the classroom-testing versions and the first edition of the book. His friendship and support will always be appreciated. Thanks also to Anne Downey for her input on the first edition. Others who helped in the early development of the book include Vic Hughes, Cheryl Stout, Desiree Comeaux, Chantelle Boudreaux, Corbie Johnson, Teresa Weysham and Kathryn King. I thank Jim Pipitone, who typed the present edition.

Thanks to everyone at Prentice Hall who worked on this book. Special thanks to Bill Webber for having faith in me, Jayme Heffler for her guidance, Kathleen Sleys for her hard work in production, and Mary Louise Byrd for her excellent editing.

My sincere appreciation and thanks to the following colleagues for their valuable input and constructive feedback in reviewing this book: for the first edition, Susan Graham-Kresge, University of Southern Mississippi; Kendra Jeffcoat, Palomar College; Deborah R. McDonald, New Mexico State University; Ken Murdoff, Lane Community College; Janet A. Simons, University of Iowa; and Janice D. Yoder, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; for the second edition, Kendra Jeffcoat, Palomar College; Deborah R. McDonald, New Mexico State University; Ken Murdoff, Lane Community College; and Janet A. Simons, University of Iowa; for the third edition, Donna Ashcraft, Clarion University of Pennsylvania; Robert Clark/Labeff, Midwestern State University; Betty Dorr, Fort Lewis College; and Priscilla Hernandez, Washington State University; and for the fourth edition, Nanette Davis, Western Washington University; Xiaolin Ylie, Cameron University; Betty Dorr, Fort Lewis College; Carrie Yang Costello, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Lillian Rosado, New Jersey City University; and Judith A. Reitan, University of California-Davis.

Finally, I cannot thank enough the thousands of students who provided me with chapter reviews and/or case histories. This book was written with students in mind. I hope it helps them to lead healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.

Bruce M. King

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