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Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality
Personality and Social Psychological Perspectives

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

August 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.
1. The Study of Sexuality
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


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

The Centrality of Religion in Attitudes about Sexuality


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


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


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

The Personality Psychology of Sexuality


6. Gender and Sexuality
The Concepts of Sex and Gender

Aspects of Gender


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

Sexual Identity


8. Sexual Motivation, Arousal, and Attraction
Sexual Motivation

Factors Affecting Attractiveness of Partners


9. Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality
Romantic Relationships

The Development of Intimate Relationships

Theoretical Views of Love and Sexuality


10. Relationships and Sexuality
The Path That Relationships Usually Follow

Sexuality Within Long-Term Committed Relationships

Sexuality Outside of Traditional Relationships


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

Sexuality and Ethnicity


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


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

Development During Childhood



14. Adulthood: Challenges and Decisions
Challenges of Young Adulthood

Establishing Sexual Orientation

Romantic Relationships

Establishing a Family

Midlife and Beyond


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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Craig A. Hill

Craig A. Hill received a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Utah to conduct research in health and organizational psychology, and has held positions at three other universities. Before his current position at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, he was an assistant scientist at The Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a tenured associate professor with 20 publications in scientific journals. He also has presented numerous conference papers and has been reviewing for social... More About Author

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