Making Choices in Sexuality: Research and Applications (Non-InfoTrac Version) / Edition 1

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Designed to help students make informed choices about this complex aspect of human behavior, this new book centers around the unique theme of choices -- how to make them and how to live with their impact. This briefer version text provides a comprehensive and affordable alternative to longer texts for the course -- without sacrificing depth and detail. The book helps readers broaden their understanding of sexuality by examining it from a variety of perspectives, including psychological, biological, sociological, feminist, historical, and cross-cultural. Without preaching or bias, the authors present cutting-edge information to ensure that students are knowledgeable about critical issues in sexuality. From the latest on HIV/AIDS and sexually-transmitted diseases to coverage of cultural variations in human sexuality, this book is unequaled in its presentation of scholarly -- yet engaging -- subject matter. To demonstrate how the content applies to students, research-based inventories (Self Assessments) taken from sexuality and health literature provide scales students can use to assess their own beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.

Incl. sex research & theory, anatomy/physiology, sexually transmitted diseases, rape, child sexual abuse, harassment.

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". . . comprehensive, scholarly, well written, and current."

"The 'Self Assessment' sections in each chapter are wonderful and appropriately placed. I'm sure students will find the assessments to be educational and fun."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534355951
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/22/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 529

Meet the Author

Ph.D., University of South Carolina

David Knox, Ph.D., is professor of sociology at East Carolina University, where he teaches courtship and marriage; marriage and the family; and sociology of human sexuality. He is a marriage and family therapist, as well as the author or co-author of 12 books and over 100 professional articles.

Caroline Schacht, M.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Family Relations, is instructor of sociology at East Carolina University and teaches courtship and marriage, introduction to sociology, and the sociology of food. Her clinical work includes marriage and family relationships. She is also a divorce mediator and the coauthor of several books, including UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL PROBLEMS (Wadsworth 2010). She is married to David Knox.

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Table of Contents

PART I: CONTEXT OF SEXUAL CHOICES 1. CHOICES IN SEXUALITY Elements of Human Sexuality / Do You Make Your Own Sexual Choices? / Nature of Sexual Choices / Making Sexual Choices / Social Changes and Sexual Choices 2. SEX RESEARCH IN THEORY The Interdisciplinary Nature of Sex Research / Conducting Sex Research: A Step-by-Step Process / Methods of Data Collection / Data Analysis / Theories of Sexuality / Eclectic View of Human Sexuality 3. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY Female External Anatomy and Physiology / Female Internal Anatomy and Physiology / Male External Anatomy and Physiology / Male Internal Anatomy and Physiology / Models of Human Sexual Response / Hormones and Sexual Response 4. COMMUNICATION AND SEXUALITY Intimacy, Relationship, and Sexual Satisfaction / Principles of Effective Communication in Intimate Relationships / Honesty and Dishonesty in Interpersonal Communication / Resolving Conflict in Relationships PART II: HEALTH AND REPRODUCTIVE CHOICES 5. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES Sexually Transmitted Diseases: A Pandemic / Consequences of Sexually Transmitted Diseases / Modes of Transmission, Symptoms, and Treatment for STDs / Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Diseases 6. PLANNING CHILDREN AND BIRTH CONTROL Do You Want to Have Children? / How Many Children Do You Want? / Birth Control / Sterilization 7. PREGNANCY AND PARENTHOOD Fertilization and Conception / Reproductive Technology / Pregnancy and Labor / Transition to Parenthood 8. ABORTION AND ADOPTION Abortion in the United States / A Cross-Cultural View of Abortion / Attitudes Toward Abortion / Physical and Psychological Effects of Abortion / The Real Challenge: Reducing the Need for Abortion / Adoption: An Alternative to Abortion 9. HEALTH AND SEXUALITY Myths about Disease, Disability, and Sexuality / Psychobiology and Psychosocial Factors in Sexual Health / Relationship Issues and Physical Illness / Neurological Disabilities and Sexuality / Intellectual and Psychological Disturbances and Sexuality / Cancer and Sexuality / Other Diseases and Illnesses and Sexuality 10. SEXUAL DYSFUNCTIONS AND SEX THERAPY Causes and Contributing Factors in Sexual Dysfunctions / Desire and Arousal Phase Dysfunctions / Orgasm-Phase Dysfunctions / Sexual Pain Dysfunctions / Approaches Used in Sex Therapy 11. RAPE, CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT Sexual Coercion: Rape and Sexual Assault / Theories of Rape / Consequences of Rape and Treatment for Rape Survivors / Patterns and Theories of Child Sexual Abuse / Consequences and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse / Prevention of Rape and Child Sexual Abuse / Sexual Harassment PART III: DIVERSITY OF SEXUAL CHOICES 12. VALUES, EMOTIONS, AND SEXUALITY Alternative Sexual Values / Religious Roots of Sexual Values / Historical and Scientific Roots of Sexual Values / Other Sources of Sexual Values / Emotions and Sexual Values / Controversies Involving Sexual Values 13. INDIVIDUAL AND INTERPERSONAL SEXUAL BEHAVIORS Erotophilia and Erotophobia / Sexual Celibacy / Auto-Erotic Behavior / Sexual Fantasy / Interpersonal Sexual Behaviors 14. SEXUALITY ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN Sexuality from Infancy through Adolescence / Sexuality in Early Adulthood / Sexuality in the Middle Years / Extradyadic Sexual Involvements / Sexuality in the Later Years 15. GENDER DIVERSITY IN SEXUALITY Terminology / Theories of Gender Role Development / Agents of Gender Role Socialization / Effects of Traditional Gender Role Socialization on Relationships and Sexuality / Androgyny and Gender Role Transcendence 16. SEXUAL ORIENTATION DIVERSITY Homosexuality, Heterosexuality, and Bisexuality / Heterosexism and Homophobia / Theories of Sexual Orientation / How a Gay Identity Develops / Coming Out / Homosexual Relationships 17. CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN SEXUALITY Cross-Cultural Research in Human Sexuality / What is "Normal" Sexual Behavior? / Ethnocentrism versus Cultural Relativism / Cultural Variations in Sexuality / Genital Operations / Sexuality in Nonhuman Primates 18. PARAPHILIAS AND SEXUALITY Paraphilia: Definition and Overview / Types of Paraphilias / The Origins of Paraphilias: Theoretical Perspectives / Treatment of Paraphilias / Sexual Addiction: A False Concept?
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