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Our Sexuality / Edition 5

Our Sexuality / Edition 5

by Robert Crooks, Karla Baur


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ISBN-13: 9780805302127
Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/01/1993
Edition description: 5th ed
Pages: 800
Product dimensions: 8.66(w) x 10.24(h) x (d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

PART ONE INTRODUCTION. 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. Feminist Theory and Sex Research. Evaluating Research: Some Questions to Ask. 3. GENDER ISSUES. Male and Female, Masculine and Feminine. Gender-Identity Formation. Gender Roles. PART TWO BIOLOGICAL BASIS. 4. FEMALE SEXUAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY. Genital Self Exam. The Vulva. Underlying Structures. Internal Structures. Gynecological Health Concerns. The Breasts. Menstruation. Menopause. 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. Sexual Arousal. Sexual Response. PART THREE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR. 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 BEHAVIOR. The Importance of Communication. Some Reasons Why Sexual Communication is Difficult. Talking: Getting Started. Listening and Feedback. 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 andTouching. Oral-Genital Stimulation. Anal Stimulation. Gay and Lesbian Sexual Expression. Coitus and Coital Positions. 10. SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS. A Continuum of Sexual Orientations. What Determines Sexual Orientation. Societal Attitudes. Lifestyles. The Gay Rights Movement. PART FOUR SEXUALITY AND THE LIFE CYCLE. 11. CONTRACEPTION. Historical and Social Perspectives. Sharing Responsibility and Choosing Among Methods. Hormone-Based Contraceptives. Barrier Methods. Intrauterine Devices. Emergency Contraception. Methods Based on the Menstrual Cycle. 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. Adrogynous Childrearing and Sexuality. 14. SEXUALITY AND THE ADULT YEARS. Single Living. Cohabitation. Marriage. Extramarital Relationships. Divorce. Sexuality and Aging. Widowhood. PART FIVE SEXUAL PROBLEMS. 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 (AIDS). Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases. PART SIX SOCIAL ISSUES. 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. GLOSSARY. BIBLIOGRAPHY. AUTHOR INDEX. SUBJECT INDEX. CREDITS.

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