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Human Sexuality
Personality and Social Psychological Perspectives

  • Craig A. Hill - Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne


October 2007 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Written to promote the development of students' critical thinking and analytical abilities through the analysis of theory and evidence concerning sexuality, this book covers topics typically covered in human sexuality courses (anatomy, physiology, gender, love and relationships, development, reproductive issues, disorders) but from a psychological perspective.
 
Acknowledgments
 
1. The Study of Sexuality
 
Preface
The Need for the Scholarly Study of Sexuality

 
The Predominant Views Used in This Book

 
The Nature of Theory and Understanding in Science

 
Historical Factors in the Scientific Investigation of Sexuality

 
Summary

 
 
2. Sexuality in a Historical, Religious, and Philosophical Context
The Historical Analysis of Sexuality

 
The Centrality of Religion in Attitudes about Sexuality

 
Summary

 
 
3. The Historical Course of Sexuality
Western Civilization Prior to the 20th Century

 
The Great Depression (1930-1939)

 
World War II and the Atomic Age (1940-1949)

 
A Return to the Past: The New Traditionalism (1950-1959)

 
New Frontiers (1960-1969)

 
The Seventies: The Walls Come Tumbling Down (1970-1979)

 
The Conservative Counter-Reaction (1980 to Recent Times)

 
Conclusions About the Historical Course of Sexuality

 
Summary

 
 
4. The Scientific Study of Sexuality
Early Scientific Research on Sexuality

 
Collecting Scientific Information on Sexuality

 
Evaluating the Quality of Measurement

 
Methods of Collecting Data

 
Ethics and Scientific Research with Humans

 
Summary

 
 
5. The Person: Individuality and Sexuality
The Personal Meaning of Sexuality

 
The Personality Psychology of Sexuality

 
Summary

 
 
6. Gender and Sexuality
The Concepts of Sex and Gender

 
Aspects of Gender

 
Summary

 
 
7. The Sexual Self and Sexual Identity
The Social Nature of the Self

 
Sexual Identity

 
Summary

 
 
8. Sexual Motivation, Arousal, and Attraction
Sexual Motivation

 
Factors Affecting Attractiveness of Partners

 
Summary

 
 
9. Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality
Romantic Relationships

 
The Development of Intimate Relationships

 
Theoretical Views of Love and Sexuality

 
Summary

 
 
10. Relationships and Sexuality
The Path That Relationships Usually Follow

 
Sexuality Within Long-Term Committed Relationships

 
Sexuality Outside of Traditional Relationships

 
Summary

 
 
11. Ethnicity, Race, Culture, and Sexuality
The Concepts of Race and Ethnicity

 
Sexuality and Ethnicity

 
Summary

 
 
12. The Biopsychology of Sexuality
The Nervous System

 
The Endocrine System

 
Control of Sex Hormone Production by the Brain

 
The Role of Sex Hormones in Prenatal Development

 
Biological Factors Involved in Sexuality

 
Summary

 
 
13. Sexuality in the Early Years and Adolescence
Development During Infancy

 
Development During Childhood

 
Adolescence

 
Summary

 
 
14. Adulthood: Challenges and Decisions
Challenges of Young Adulthood

 
Establishing Sexual Orientation

 
Romantic Relationships

 
Establishing a Family

 
Midlife and Beyond

 
Summary

 
 
References
 
Index
 
Author Biography

A valuable ressource with respect to human sexuality. Similar textbooks in German language concerning sexuality form a social viewpoint are not easy to find. So, this textbook is great for students.

Layout & Design: Could be a bit more lively/modern.

Mr Robert Neuhaus
Psychology , Ruhr University Bochum
October 27, 2010

Very valuable book with detail yet still within grasp for undergraduates. I would have considered this text essential if it weren't for the price tag which is a bit hefty for my students. But I will definitely strongly suggest that they do get the book if they can afford it.

Dr Chris Mamo
Social and General, Cork Institute of Technology
September 21, 2010

An informative text that engages students from the outset. A wide range of topics are covered which demonstrates how multi-disciplinary this textbook is. Highly recommended to those not just studying Psychology but also Youth Studies and Criminology.

Mr Stuart Agnew
Social Science , University Campus Suffolk Ltd
May 27, 2010

I like the emphasis on the broader psychological views of sexuality. This books reads more like a psychology textbook and not a health/biology text and will be much more applicable in my course.

Newell Ryan
Psychology Dept, Oklahoma Christian University
April 23, 2010

This text is takes the most purely academic approach without being offensive. There is a diversity of topics and it has a balanced approach to controversial issues.

Dr Debbi Ware
Wellness Phys Educ Sport Dept, Gardner - Webb University
November 4, 2009
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