Sexuality Today / Edition 10

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Sexuality Today successfully balances psychological, biological, and social aspects of human sexuality, integrating the latest research findings and providing a variety of tools to help students engage personally with core concepts. The author's balanced approach is evident in his ability to present various sides of controversial topics in a neutral voice, supported by sound research yet expressed in a lively and applied manner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073531991
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 300,584
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary F. Kelly has been a sexuality educator for 35 years, publishing several popular books in the field. After a 30-year career as a Counselor and Vice President for Student Affairs at Clarkson University, and as Headmaster of The Clarkson School, he retired from administrative work to devote more time to writing, teaching, and counseling. He continues to teach the undergraduate courses in human sexuality and psychoactive substances in the Psychology Department at Clarkson University.

Kelly was an innovator in developing graduate training in human sexuality for counselors, and taught graduate courses in the counseling and human development program at St. Lawrence University for over 20 years. He maintains a practice as a licensed mental health counselor.

As a person who strongly believes that young people must have solid basic information about sex and their own sexuality to make rational and responsible decisions, Kelly presents here a balanced approach to the physical as well as the psychological and sociological aspects of human sexuality. His work with students received national recognition with his election to the board of directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

Kelly served for 8 years as the editor of the Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, and presently serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education. He is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and of the Society for the Scientific Study of Human Sexuality. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Sexology and a clinical fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists. He believes that his work with people in teaching, counseling, and therapy over the years has enlarged his personal and professional perspective on how people integrate their sexuality into their lives. The real people stories and real student voices in the book reflect that perspective.

Gary F. Kelly is available as a consultant and speaker in the field of human sexuality and sexuality education. For further information, e-mail or call (315) 265-2772.


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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTSEach chapter ends with a summary and Focus on Health questions.
PART 1 Social and Biological Foundations of Human Sexuality

Chapter 1 Cultural, Historical, and Research Perspectives on Sexuality

Educating about Sex

Culture and Sexuality

Milestones in Sex Research: A Brief Historical Survey

The Methods of Sexological Research Attitude Questionnaire

Self-Evaluation: You and Your Sexuality

Chapter 2 Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology

The Vulva

The Vagina

The Uterus and Ovaries

Female Breasts

The Menstrual Cycle


Self-Evaluation : You and Your Body

Chapter 3 Male Sexual Anatomy and Physiology

The Testes and Scrotum

The Penis

Internal Male Organs

Male Hormones and the Male Climacteric

Self-Evaluation: Your Sexuality Education: Past, Present, and Future

Chapter 4 Human Sexual Arousal and Response

Models of Sexual Arousal: Activating the Mind and the Body

Models of Human Sexual Response

Female Sexual Response

Male Sexual Response

Hormones and Sexual Arousal

Effects of Aging on Sexual Response

Self-Evaluation: Sexual Arousal and Response in Your Life

Chapter 5 Developmental and Social Perspectives on Gender

How Many Sexes Are There?

Sexual Differentiation

Interpretations of Gender

Theories of Gender Role Development

Gender in Society and Culture

Self-Evaluation: Masculinity and Femininity in Your Life
PART 2 Understanding Sexuality in Ourselves and in Our Relationships

Chapter 6 Sexuality in Infancy, Childhood,and Adolescence

Psychosexual Development

Sexuality in Infancy and Childhood

Sexuality in Adolescence

Adolescent Sexual Health

Sexuality Education

Chapter 7 Adult Sexuality and Relationships

Hurdles of Young Adulthood

Patterns in Partnerships

Sexuality and Aging

Sexual Effects of Health and Illness

Self-Evaluation Looking Ahead: Sex in Later Years

Chapter 8 Sexual Individuality and Sexual Values

Labeling Sex: Establishing Standards

Sexual Individuality

Sex and Values

Sexuality and Disability Groups

Chapter 9 Sexuality, Communication, and Relationships

Communicating about Sex

Effective Communication

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Connecting: For Better or for Worse

Self-Evaluation: Communicating about Sex
PART 3 Human Reproduction, Contraception, and Abortion: Sexuality Confronts Social Policy

Chapter 10 Reproduction, Reproductive Technology, and Birthing

Fertilization and Fetal Development

Reproduction and Fetal Technology

Pregnancy and Birthing

Chapter 11 Decision Making about Pregnancy and Parenthood

Historical Perspectives

World Population and the Status of Children

Deciding About Contraceptives

Methods of Birth Control

Unintended Pregnancy: The Options

Self-Evaluation: Contraceptive Comfort and Confidence Scale
PART 4 Sexual Behavior and Contemporary Society

Chapter 12 Solitary Sex and Shared Sex

Solitary Sex: The Private World

Shared Sexual Behavior

Same-Gender Sexual Sharing

Heterosexual Intercourse

Chapter 13 Sexual Orientation, Identity, and Behavior

Understanding Same-Gender Sexual Orientation

Conceptualizing Same-Gender Sexual Orientation

Developing a Sexual Orientation Identity

Sexual Orientation and Society

Chapter 14 The Spectrum of Human Sexual Behavior

Varying Degrees of Sexual Interest and Activity

Transgender Identities and Behaviors

The Desire to Enhance Sexual Arousal

Atypical and Potentially Problematic Sexual Connections

Self-Evaluation: Your Sexual Fantasies

Chapter 15 Sex, Art, the Media, and the Law

Nudity and Sex in Art

Sex and the Printed Page

Sex in the Media

Effects of Sexually Explicit Materials

Legal Aspects of Sexual Behavior
PART 5 Dealing with Sexual Problems

Chapter 16 Sexual Consent, Coercion, Rape, and Abuse

When and How Does Sex Become a Problem?

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Boundary Violations by Professionals

Consent, Coercion, and Forced Sex

Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents

Preventing and Dealing with Problematic Sex

Self-Evaluation: Your Sexual Concerns and Problems

Chapter 17 Sexually Transmitted Diseases, HIV/AIDS, and Sexual Decisions

History and Incidence of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV

Nonviral Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases

HIV: The Virus and the Infection

HIV Testing, Treatment, and Vaccines

Can Sex Be Safe and Satisfying?

Self-Evaluation: Examining Your Attitudes toward Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Self-Evaluation: Considering Being Tested

Chapter 18 Sexual Dysfunctions and Their Treatment

Understanding Sexual Dysfunctions

Causes of Sexual Dysfunctions

Treating Sexual Dysfunctions

Behavioral Approaches to Sex Therapy

Is Sex Therapy Effective and Ethical?
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