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Americans feel free to tell medical doctors of health ills from headaches to hemorrhoids, and to tell psychologists about mental problems from depression to delusions. Yet, there is one area that affects both physical and mental health most people don't discuss with either doctor or psychologist: sexual health. According to a survey published by the American Medical Association, 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men in the United States experience some form of sexual dysfunction, problems are largely hidden, and so exacerbated. Doctors don't initiate the topic with patients; neither do most psychologists aside from trained sex therapists. The problems might not even be rooted in disorders commonly understood as "illness." As officials at the World Health Organization have defined it, sexual health is more than the absence of disease. It is a "state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality." In this unprecedented four-volume set, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators, and clergy break the silence, joining voices to present information vital for sexual health. Topics candidly discussed here by experts include the meaning of "sexual health," the effects of ignorance or neglect, and the role of love, touch and communication. Doctors explain the roles of various physical systems from the brain to hormones, to the circulatory system. Psychologists and members of the clergy detail the roles of religion, culture, and parental or family beliefs in spurring or squashing sexual health. State-of-the-art treatments and research are also featured. Each volume includes a chapter on how to talk with a doctor, therapist, or patient about sexual health. Also cited are responsible organizations and Web sites to visit for further, reliable information.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Tepper is a sexual educator, researcher, and advocate; Owens is a certified sexuality counselor. Both are with the Sexual Health Network, an organization of health professionals and educators providing online information and guidance to the public. They present a four-volume set comprised of 61 chapters contributed by some 70 doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators, and clergy addressing the meaning of sexual health, the effects of ignorance or neglect, and the role of love, touch, and communication. Each volume focuses on one of four subcategories of sexual health psychological foundations, physical foundations, moral and cultural foundations, and state-of-the-art treatments and research and contains a subject index specific to the individual volume. A list of print and nonprint resources is also included at the end of each volume for further information. For students and healthcare professionals, and general readers interested in sexual health."


Reference & Research Book News

"This four-volume set is founded on the World Health Organization's definition of sexual health as being more than just the absence of disease; instead it is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being related to sexuality. Each volume focuses on a broad area of sexual health, and the chapters within each volume, written by academics and health practitioners, treat various topics in language that is scholarly but accessible to lay readers….[a] comprehensive, nonjudgmental resource on a high-interest topic. Access to information is through each volume's table of contents and a subject index; cross-referencing would have made this set more useful as a reference resource. However, its chapter-based format makes it appropriate for placement in either circulating or reference collections. Recommended. All levels."



"The statement must have applies to the accomplished works in this new four-volume set….Both editors are well established leaders in the field of sexuality, and have brought forth a collection of relevant and extensive perspectives from over 70 interdisciplinary points of views from respected advisors and contributors in the field….Althought the brain is often said to be our most vital sexual organ, knowledge and resources are clearly the fuel for optimal performance. Books such as the four-volume set Sexual Health are premium grade fuel."


Sexuality and Disability

"These are fascinating books, and anyone genuinely interested in human sexuality will want to read them."



"The editors interweave areas of basic and clinical science that are not often seen together—to the benefit of students and scholars alike. In doing so, they clarify the diverse contributions that have been made to the field of sexual health….[T]he editors have skillfully brought multiple disciplines and perspectives together into one comprehensive anthology….I know that these volumes will certainly help me to educate medical students, residents, and physicians about sexual health. I believe this collection will be a valuable resource for clinicians, researchers, sexual health educators, and even persons outside the field who are simply interested in enhancing their own sexual health."


The New England Journal of Medicine

"It is an essential read for behavioral science faculty members who teach about sexual health and sexual disorders….Sexual Health is a must-have."


Family Medicine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275987749
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2006
  • Series: Sex, Love, and Psychology Series
  • Pages: 1840
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MITCHELL S. TEPPER is a Sexuality Educator, Researcher, and Advocate with a special interest in sexual health and the intersection with disabilities and/or chronic conditions. He holds an MPH from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality from the University of Pennsylvania. He is Founder and President of the Sexual Health Network, Inc., an organization of health professionals and educators providing information and guidance to the public, and resources and training to health professionals. Tepper is a former Board Member for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, for SIECUS and for the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health. He is also on the National Advisory Council to the Sexual Health Program at the Morehouse School of Medicine., which is under the direction of former Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D.

ANNETTE FUGLSANG OWENS, M.D. is a certified Sexuality Counselor as well as Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer for the Sexual Health Network. Owens also founded the Charlottesville Sexual Health and Wellness Clinic, where she provides sexuality counseling to clients. She is Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Sexuality, the monthly newsletter of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Owens has been featured in Glamour magazine, Good Housekeeping and USA Today, among other publications.

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Table of Contents

Volume I

Set Foreword, David Satcher

Sexual Health: Definitions and Construct Development

The Health Benefits of Sexual Expression

Love and Sexual Health

Evolution and the Adaptive Significance of Sexual and Erotic Touch

Touch as the Primary Element of Sensual and Erotic Expression

Facilitating Positive Sexual Communication

Childhood Sexuality

The Magical Age of 10

Gender Identity.: From Dualism to Diversity

Orientations: GLBTQ

Sexuality: Young and Middle Adulthood

Sexuality at Midlife and Beyond

The Direct and Indirect Impact of Childhood Abuse and Neglect on Sexuality

Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Sexuality

Sexual Health Resources


About the Editors and Advisors

About the Contributors

Volume II

Systems that Contribute to Sexual Response and Expression

The Role of the Brain and Nervous System

Hormones and Female Sexuality

Hormones Involved in Male Sexual Function

The Circulatory System

Sexual Anatomy and Physiology: An Overview

Pregnancy and Sexuality

Menopause and Sexuality

Sexual Changes in the Aging Male

The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol Use and Abuse on Sexual Function

Sexual Pain Disorders

Meeting the Challenge: Providing Comprehensive Sexuality Services to People with Intellectual Disabilities

Neurological Impairment of Sexuality in Men and Women

Chronic Conditions and Disability

Sexual Health Resources


About the Editors and Advisors

About the Contributors

Volume III

Public Health Perspectives in Sexual Health

Classical Jewish Perspectives on Sex

Catholic Culture and Sexual Health

Sexual Value Systems and Sexual Health

Sex in America: From Belowthe Victorian Belt to the Start of Modern Dating

Cultural Perspectives on Orgasm Imbedded in Medicine, Science, Philosophy and Literature

Cultural Influences on African American Sexuality: The Role of Multiple Identities on Kinship, Power, and Ideology

Native American Culture and Sex

Contrasts and Contradictions: A Brief Look at the Construction of Sexualities in Mexico

Eros in the Dragon Empire: The Open Door to Sex in China

Sex and Sexual Dysfunctions in the Middle Eastern Culture

Female Genital Cutting: Understanding the Tradition

Sexual Identities of Gay Men and Lesbians: Cultural Foundations and Controversies

Sex Sells: Business, Politics, and the U.S. Media

Adolescent Sexuality Viewed Through Two Different Cultural Lenses

The Importance of Broad-Based Human Sexuality Education as the Context for Sexual Health Instruction

Alternate Expressions

Sexual Health Resources


About the Editors and Advisors

About the Contributors

Volume IV

Sexual Problems and Dysfunctions in Men

Psychological and Relationship Aspects of Male Sexuality

Pharmacological Treatment of Male Erectile Dysfunction

Devices Used for the Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions in Men

Womens Sexual Problems and Concerns

Therapy Update for Women: The Treatment of Low Libido in Women Using an Integrated Biopsychosocial Approach

Spiritual Dimensions of Sexual Health: Broadening Clinical Perspectives of Womens Desire

Gender Variability: Transsexuals, Crossdressers, and Others

Physical Therapy and Sexual Health

Understanding Family Planning, Birth Control, and Contraception

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexual Rehabilitation after Cancer

Access to Pleasure: Onramp to Specific Information on Disability, Illness, and Changes Throughout the Lifespan

Iatrogenic Causes of Female Sexual Disorders

Current Controversies in Sexual Health: Sexual Addiction and Compulsion

Compulsive or Other Problematic Sexual Behavior

Appendix. The Evolution of Definitions for Womens Sexual Disorders

Series Afterword, Judy Kuriansky

Sexual Health Resources


About the Editors and Advisors

About the Contributors

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    An Educated Layperson's Evaluation of SEXUAL HEALTH.

    This series of volumes was written by a wide range of experts primarily for medical professionals, educators and researchers. It provides a good introduction to the state of the art in human sexuality research and policy around the world. The chapters are somewhat variable in style, but all are remarkably free of unnecessary jargon. This makes these volumes accessible to the general public. This set of books would be useful additions to any family health library. The books contain very few illustrations, and no photos, if this is a concern for some parents. SEXUAL HEALTH follows the evolution of the sociology of human sexuality from primarily a control and moral issue to primarily a health and human rights issue. Personally, I could have used more statistics, but I suspect the editors deliberately kept statistical data to a minimum to maintain good readibility. The books do not promote particular fads or products or medical treatments, so are not a thinly veiled attempt to get consumers to spend their money. News reporters and writers, as well as government policy makers, might particularly benefit from having these books on their office shelves.

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