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Human Sexuality A Psychosocial Perspective

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ISBN-10: 0683301381

ISBN-13: 9780683301380

Edition: 2002

Authors: Ruth K. Westheimer, Sanford Lopater

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List price: $75.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 780
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long
Weight: 4.620
Language: English

Ruth K. Westheimer, 1928 - Ruth K. Westheimer was born in Germany in 1928, she went to a school in Switzerland at the age of 10, which became an orphanage for most of the German/Jewish students sent there. At 16 she went to Israel where she fought for that country's independence as member of the Haganah. She then moved to Paris where she studied psychology at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten. Westheimer immigrated to the U.S. in 1956, where she received her Masters degree in Sociology and her Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. She studied human sexuality with Dr. Helen Singer-Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Westheimer is a pioneer in…    

Ruth K. Westheimer, 1928 - Ruth K. Westheimer was born in Germany in 1928, she went to a school in Switzerland at the age of 10, which became an orphanage for most of the German/Jewish students sent there. At 16 she went to Israel where she fought for that country's independence as member of the Haganah. She then moved to Paris where she studied psychology at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten. Westheimer immigrated to the U.S. in 1956, where she received her Masters degree in Sociology and her Doctorate in Education from Columbia University. She studied human sexuality with Dr. Helen Singer-Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Westheimer is a pioneer in…    

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Place of Sexuality in Our Lives
Assumptions About a Course in Sexuality
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Sexuality
Levels of Analysis
We Are Surrounded by Sexuality
Sexual Expression and Sexual Experience Surround Us
Historical and Current Traditions and Perspectives in Human Sexuality
Historical Changes in Perspectives on Sexuality
"Sex," "Gender Role," and "Gender Identity"
Brief History of Human Sexuality
Research Methods in the Study of Human Sexuality
Important Principles in Research Methodology
Types of Research Methods
How to Interpret Data Collected by Sex Researchers
Ethical Considerations in Sex Research
Changing Perspectives on Human Sexuality
Gender, Sexual Identity, Self-Concept, and the Psychosocial Environment
A Note on Chapter Organization
Attribution Theory
Gender as a Biological Construct
Gender as a Psychological Construct
Gender as a Social Construct
Conclusion
Female and Male Genital and Reproductive Anatomy, Physiology, and Endocrinology
A Woman's Body
The Vulva
Internal Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy
The Menstrual Cycle
A Woman's Breasts
A Man's Body
External Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy
Similarities in Female and Male Anatomy
Conclusion
Taking Care of Yourself: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellness
The Importance of Personal Responsibility and Preventive Measures
Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Concerns
Men's Sexual and Reproductive Health Concerns
Coping With Sexual and Reproductive Illnesses
Conclusion
Sexual Arousal and Responsiveness: Personal and Social Perspectives on Pleasure and Sharing
Basic Concepts of Arousal and Response
Biological Substrates of Sexual Arousal and Response
Factors Affecting Sexual Arousal and Response
Role of the Senses in Sexual Arousal and Responsiveness
Issues Involved in Sexual Arousal and Response
Conclusion
Love, Affection, and Sexual Intimacy
Basic Concepts of Love, Affection, and Intimacy
The Dynamics of Social Attraction
Theories of Love
Love, Sex, and Relationships
Love and Affectional Relationships Throughout Life
Is Finding the "Right" Person a Matter of Guesswork?
Principles of Effective Communication
Love, Attraction, and Romance in the Workplace
Conclusion
Physical Expressions of Eroticism and Intimacy
Basic Concepts of Eroticism
Celibacy
Sexual Dreams
Masturbation and Autoeroticism
Sharing Sex
Oral Stimulation
Heterosexual Intercourse
Conclusion
Gender Preferences
Basic Concepts
Psychological Aspects of Homosexuality
Sociological Perspective I: Attitudes of Various Groups in Society Toward Gays and Lesbians
Sociological Perspective II: Within the Gay and Lesbian Community
Conclusion
Fertility, Infertility, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
Deciding to Become a Parent
The Dynamics of Fertilization and Implantation
Increasing the Chances of Pregnancy
Development of the Embryo and Fetus
Health of the Fetus
The Process of Giving Birth
After Childbirth
Infertility: Broken Dreams and Promising Realities
Treatments for Infertility
Ending a Pregnancy
Conclusion
Contraception: Making Choices or Taking Chances
Historical and Contemporary Contraceptive Issues
Contraceptive Alternatives
Protection Against STDs
Methods That Do Not Work Very Well
Contraceptive Negligence
Emergency Contraception
Privacy Issues, Contraception, and Gynecological Care and Counseling
Conclusion
Sexual Experience and Expression in Childhood and Adolescence
Theoretical Approaches to Development
Sexual Feeling and Experience in Infancy
Sexual Experience and Expression in Childhood
Sexual Experience and Expression in Adolescence
Conclusion
Sexuality in Young Adulthood, Adulthood, and Aging
Erikson's Theory of Lifelong Development
How and Why People Get Together
Being Single
Married People and Sex
The Diversity of Sexual Expression in Marriage
Divorce
Sex in Later Life
Myths About Sex in Later Life
Menopause
"Male Menopause"
Physiological Changes in Sexual Responsiveness in Later Life
Sexual Dysfunctions in Later Life
Continued Sexual Expression in Institutional Settings
Homosexuality Among the Aging and Elderly
Conclusion
Sexual Dysfunctions: Incompatibility, Inadequacy, or Just Inappropriately Learned Responses
Sexual Dysfunctions
Classification of Sexual Dysfunctions
Causes of Sexual Dysfunctions
Prescription and Recreational Drugs in the Etiology of Sexual Dysfunctions
Conclusion
Sex Therapy: "Helping People to Help Themselves"
Sex Therapy
Who Does Sex Therapy?
Basic Issues in Sex Therapy
Treating Sexual Dysfunctions
Medical Approaches to the Treatment of Sexual Dysfunctions
Other Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Sex Therapy
Does Sex Therapy Work?
Special Challenges Facing Gays and Lesbians With Sexual Dysfunctions
Conclusion
Illness and Disability: Coping with Impairment and Loss
The Medical Model of Illness and Disability
Impact of Illness and Disabilities on Sexual Arousal and Response
Mental Retardation
Sexual Expression Among the Visually and Hearing Impaired
"In Sickness and in Health"
Conclusion
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS
The Problem of STDs
Effectiveness of Programs to Lower STD and HIV Rates
The Scope of STDs and the Need for Prevention
STDs Caused by Viruses
STDs Caused by Bacteria
STDs Caused by Parasites On or In the Skin
Recent Advances in the Treatment of STDs
If You Think You Have A Sexually Transmitted Disease
The Psychosocial Context of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Risk-Taking Behaviors
Irregular Use of Condoms
Specific Populations and STD Risks
Conclusion
Sexual Variations and the Paraphilias
Complex Language Issues
Historical Background
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
What Gauses Paraphilias?
Measurement Problems
A Sociological Perspective on Sexual Deviation
Paraphilias and Personality Disorders
Theories About the Origins of Sexual Variations and Deviations
Paraphilias and "Mental Disorders"
Sexual Variations and Deviations
Paraphilias in Psychosocial Context
"Sexual Addiction"
Treating Paraphilias
Women and Paraphilias
Conclusion
Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Force: The Loss of Our Very Personhood
Issues of Consent
Theoretical Approaches
Prostitution
Pornography
Sexual Harassment
Sexual Abuse
Rape
Conclusion
Glossary
References
Photo and Art Credit List
Index