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For Human Sexuality courses at two and four year institutions.

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THINK Human Sexuality

THINK Human Sexuality covers the essentials every human sexuality student should know. The chapters are briefer than a standard text—allowing for a lower cost to students and using less printed paper. Unlike other brief texts, THINK Human Sexuality includes 18 chapters of content—giving instructors the flexibility to choose what they want to cover without the worry that skipping several chapters will mean leaving out hundreds of pages of content.

THINK Human Sexuality provides currency and relevance through design, current examples, and high-interest readings. The readings have been chosen from a range of well respected journals and popular press publications. With the concise presentation of material in the chapters, instructors have the option of incorporating these readings and helping students connect to issues occurring outside of the classroom.

The instructor supplements package will help bring the key concepts of Human Sexuality to life, without burdening students with dense and too expensive learning solutions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205777716
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: THINK Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 420
  • Sales rank: 181,795
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. KELLY WELCH is an assistant professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. She is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), and her teaching and research background includes human development, sexuality, and marriage and family. Her knowledge in lifespan development and intimate relationships provides a fresh voice and unique approach–because of her expertise in areas such as love, intimacy, interpersonal relationships, and communication, she ably presents a holistic approach to the study of sexuality, an approach that recognizes that sex and sexuality encompass so much more than body parts and the acts of sex alone. Prior to her work at Kansas State University, Dr. Welch served her community as a Women’s and Maternal Health Specialist, and devoted her time to serving at-risk impoverished women in their childbearing years. Her work in community clinics is evident as she sensitively describes diversity issues, men’s and women’s anatomy and physiology, changes associated with male and female puberty, pregnancy and childbirth, contraception options, and sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS. Her long-term goal is to open similar clinics in Ethiopia, where fetal and maternal outcomes are dismal.

Dr. Welch is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching, and she has been recognized by the Pew Foundation for her cutting-edge “hands-on, minds-on” pedagogy and course design. Her many awards and nominations recognize her distinct, innovative, and energetic teaching style–a style students say puts them on the edge of their seats.

As you thumb through this book, you will find a voice that is simultaneously informative and rigorous, humorous and entertaining, and always compassionate and heartfelt. Dr. Welch brings your students the most current, relevant information and presents a candid, sensitive, inclusive, nonjudgmental balance of research and “real life.” It is her hope that you find this to be a natural partner to your course, and that your students discover a resource to help them make informed decisions about their sexuality.

Dr. Welch’s previous works include, “Development: Journey of a Lifetime,” “Development: Journey through Childhood and Adolescence,” and “Family Life Now.”

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Sexual Life Now

Studying Sexuality and Sex

What is Sexology?

What is Sexuality? The Interrelated Domains of Sexuality

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 2: Knowing What We Know: Understanding Sexual Life Through Research and Theory

Early Sexuality Research: Paving the Way to Understanding Sexuality and Sex

Understanding the Multiple Influences on Our Sexuality: The Ecological Model

Understanding Sex and Sexuality Through Theory

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 3: Gender Now

It Matters: The Biological Foundations of Gender

Somewhere Between “Male” and “Female”

It Matters: The Culture of Gender

It Matters: Gender Identity

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 4: Female Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology

The Vulva: External Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy

Internal Female Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy

Female Sexual Maturation and Development

Difficulties and Changes in the Menstrual Cycle

Menstruation and the 21st Century

The Breasts

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 5: Male Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy of the Male Sexual and Reproductive System

The Pathway of the Sperm

Male Sexual Development

Physiology of the Male Sexual and Reproductive System

The Perineum and the Pelvic Floor

Male Sexual Anatomy and the 21st Century

Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use

Male Sexual and Reproductive Health

Self-Care and Prevention

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 6: Becoming a Sexual Person: Sexual Development from Infancy Through Early Adulthood

Learning to Be Sexual

Developing Sexually: Infants and Toddlers

Developing Sexually: Early Childhood

Developing Sexually: Middle Childhood

Developing Sexually: Adolescence

Developing Sexually: Early Adulthood

Child Sexual Abuse: The Influence on Sexual Development

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 7: Sexual Orientation Development: What Determines Whether We’re Gay, Straight, Bisexual or Transgender?

What is Sexual Orientation?

Nature or Nurture: What Determines Our Sexual Orientation?

Homosexual Experiences Throughout the Life Cycle

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 8: Pathways to Partnering: Love and Attraction

Love is a Cultural Experience

What is Love?

Developing Love

Theories of Love and Loving

“Frisky Business”: Interpersonal Attraction Theories

The Path to Commitment

The Connection Between Love and Sex

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 9: Communication: Enriching Intimate Relationships

What is Communication?

Family Systems Theory: The Couple as an Interconnected System

Meanings: The Symbolic Interaction Framework

Relationship Communication

Intimacy: Enriching Your Relationship and Your Sexual Bond

Obstacles to Intimacy

Sexual Communication

Sex Talk: Communicating Differently Over Time

Cornerstones of Communication

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 10: Experiencing Sexuality in Relationships

Being Single

Non-Marital Cohabitation

Getting Married

The Transition to Marriage: Why It’s So Tough

Marital Satisfaction

Extramarital Experiences: Venturing Outside of the Relationship

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 11: Sexual Arousal and Response in Adult Relationships

In the Mood: The Nature of Sexual Desire and Arousal

Human Sexual Response Processes

Solitary Sexual Experiences

Sex with Others

Experiencing Sexual Difficulties

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 12: The Choices and Challenges of Childbearing

Childbearing in America

How We Reproduce

The Changes Through Pregnancy

Labor and Birth

Postpartum Changes

Unexpected Outcomes

Teen Pregnancy

Choosing to Be Childfree

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 13: Planning and Preventing Pregnancy: Contraception and Abortion

Contraception: Past and Present

Barrier Methods: Condoms and Caps

Hormone Methods: The Pill, the Patch and the Ring

How Implants and Injectables Work

How Chemical Methods Work

How Intrauterine Methods Work

How Natural Methods of Contraception Work

How Permanent Methods of Contraception Work

How Emergency Contraception Works

Abortion: A Personal Choice

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 14: Protecting Your Sexuality: Understanding Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV/AIDS

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Bacterial Infections

Viral Infections

Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS)

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 15: Variations in Sexual Expression

Is There Such a Thing as “Typical” Sexual Expression?

“Over-Sexed” and “Under-Sexed”: The Ranges of Sexual Frequency

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 16: As We Age: Sexuality Throughout Adulthood

Aging and the Double Standard

Sexual Changes in Women and Men

Sexual Activity in Later Years

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 17: Using Sex as a Weapon: Sexual Coercion, Rape and Abuse

Rape and Sexual Assault

Intimate Partner Violence

Child Sexual Abuse

Sexual Life Education

Chapter 18: Selling Sex: Pornography and Prostitution

Historical Erotic and Sexual Representations

What is Pornography?

Should Pornography and Erotica Be Censored?

Selling Sex: Prostitution and Pimps

Sexual Life Education

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