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The Eighth Edition of this #1 market-leading college textbook in human sexuality continues to offer the same qualities you've come to expect from Crooks and Baur … and more. Continuing their tradition of sensitivity, comprehensiveness, currency, and candor, Robert Crooks and Karla Baur offer much that is new and exciting in this revision. You'll find thorough coverage of all major topics incorporated into every section, including sexual health issues; the very latest research, new stories about the experiences of real people from the "Authors' Files;" and a writing style that is warm, direct, and non-judgmental. The authors have also further refined their focus on strengthening healthy communication among partners, attention to diversity, and overall coverage on maintaining a responsible and healthy sexual relationship.
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"The text is an excellent source for learning about sex from both a scientific and practical perspective. It helps students learn how to be more comfortable with their sexuality and appreciate the consequences of misuse of their sexuality."

"The writing style is very good. Crooks and Baur are able to make complex topics understandable to the reader in a manner few textbook authors can."

"When I first started using this textbook, I chose it because it is scholarly, organized, and easily understandable, but I have continued to use it because of positive student feedback. I have had students tell me every semester, without fail, that they plan to keep this textbook for future reference and will not sell it back to the bookstore."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781133943365
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 209,176
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The integration of psychological, social, and biological components of human sexuality in this text is facilitated by the authors' combined academic and professional backgrounds. Robert Crooks has a Ph.D. in psychology. His graduate training stressed clinical and physiological psychology, and he has considerable background in sociology. His involvement with teaching human sexuality classes at the university, college, and medical school levels spans over two decades. Bob and his wife, Sami Tucker, have been involved in the establishment and implementation of HIV/AIDS intervention programs in two areas of Kenya, one in the central region and one in a coastal area. Over the previous 12 years their work with these projects includes designing a research strategy for assessing behavior change, developing a peer educator-based educational strategy, and conducting training sessions for Kenyan peer educator staff. Over many years they have traveled to African frequently and devoted many months to the evolving Kenyan programs.

Karla Baur has a master's degree in social work; her advanced academic work stressed clinical training. She is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, specializing in couples and sex therapy. Karla has provided clinical supervision, seminars, and lectures for other mental health therapists and professional groups. She has taught human sexuality and female sexuality classes at Portland Community College, Portland State University, and Clark College. At Oregon Health Sciences University she taught a human sexuality course and coached medical students in taking sexual histories with patients. Karla was also involved in a six-week program in Kenya to train HIV/AIDS Prevention Peer Educators. She has been certified as a sex educator, therapist, and sex therapy supervisor by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. She is currently developing a play about the nuances and complexities of male sexuality with her collaborator, composer/writer Fred Strong.

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Table of Contents

1. PERSPECTIVES ON SEXUALITY. The Authors' Perspectives. Our Media Culture. The Sex for Reproduction Legacy. The Gender-Role Legacy. A Cross-Cultural Perspective: Social Norms and Sexual Diversity. Sexuality: Personal or Public Domain?2. SEX RESEARCH: METHODS AND PROBLEMS. The Goals of Sexology. Nonexperimental Research Methods. The Experimental Method. Technologies in Sex Research. Ethical Guidelines for Human Sex Research. Feminist Theory and Sex Research. The Popular Media and Sex Research. Evaluating Research: Some Questions to Ask. Sexology in the New Millennium: A Look at the Future. 3. GENDER ISSUES. Male and Female, Masculine and Feminine. Gender-Identity Formation. Transsexualism and Transgenderism. Gender Roles. 4. FEMALE SEXUAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. Genital Self-Exam. The Vulva. Underlying Structures. Internal Structures. Menstruation. Menopause. Gynecological Health Concerns. The Breasts. 5. MALE SEXUAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. Sexual Anatomy. Male Sexual Functions. Some Concerns about Sexual Functioning. Male Genital Health Concerns. 6. SEXUAL AROUSAL AND RESPONSE. The Role of Hormones in Sexual Arousal. The Brain and Sexual Arousal. The Senses and Sexual Arousal. Aphrodisiacs and Anaphrodisiacs in Sexual Arousal. Sexual Response. Aging and the Sexual Response Cycle. Some Differences Between the Sexes in Sexual Response. 7. LOVE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS. What Is Love? Types of Love. Falling in Love: Why and with Whom? The Development of Intimacy. Issues in Loving Relationships. Maintaining Relationship Satisfaction. 8. COMMUNICATION IN SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS. The Importance of Communication. Talking: Getting Started. Listening andFeedback. Discovering Your Partner's Needs. Learning to Make Requests. Giving and Receiving Criticism. Saying No. Nonverbal Sexual Communication. Impasses. 9. SEXUAL BEHAVIORS. Celibacy. Erotic Dreams and Fantasy. Masturbation. Sexual Expression: The Importance of Context and Meaning. Kissing and Touching. Oral-Genital Stimulation. Anal Stimulation. Gay and Lesbian Sexual Expression. Coitus and Coital Positions. Sexual Styles. 10. SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS. A Continuum of Sexual Orientations. What Determines Sexual Orientation? Societal Attitudes. Lifestyles. The Gay Rights Movement. 11. CONTRACEPTION. Historical and Social Perspectives. Sharing Responsibility and Choosing a Birth Control Method. Hormone-Based Contraceptives. Barrier Methods. Intrauterine Devices. Emergency Contraception. Fertility Awareness Methods. Sterilization. Less-Than-Effective Methods. New Directions in Contraception. 12. CONCEIVING CHILDREN: PROCESS AND CHOICE. Parenthood as an Option. Becoming Pregnant. Spontaneous and Elective Abortion. The Experience of Pregnancy. A Healthy Pregnancy. Childbirth. Postpartum. 13. SEXUALITY DURING CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE. Sexual Behavior During Infancy and Childhood. The Physical Changes of Adolescence. Sexual Behavior During Adolescence. Adolescent Pregnancy. Sex Education. 14. SEXUALITY AND THE ADULT YEARS. Single Living. Cohabitation. Marriage. Extramarital Relationships. Divorce. Sexuality and Aging. Widowhood. 15. THE NATURE AND ORIGIN OF SEXUAL DIFFICULTIES. Origins of Sexual Difficulties. Desire-Phase Difficulties. Excitement-Phase Difficulties. Orgasm-Phase Difficulties. Dyspareunia. 16. SEX THERAPY AND ENHANCEMENT. Basics of Sexual Enhancement and Sex Therapy. Specific Suggestions for Women. Specific Suggestions for Men. Treating Hypoactive Sexual Desire. Seeking Professional Assistance. 17. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES. Bacterial Infections. Viral Infections. Common Vaginal Infections. Ectoparasitic Infections. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 18. ATYPICAL SEXUAL BEHAVIOR. What Constitutes Atypical Sexual Behavior? Noncoercive Paraphilias. Coercive Paraphilias. Treatment of Coercive Paraphilias. Sexual Addiction: Fact, Fiction, or Misnomer?19. SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION. Rape. Sexual Abuse of Children. Sexual Harassment. 20. SEX FOR SALE. PORNOGRAPHY. PROSTITUTION.
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