Human Sexuality: A Contemporary Introduction

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-05-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Human Sexuality: A Contemporary Introduction helps students to understand the many perspectives from which human sexuality can be studied. It is the first ground-up Canadian text in this discipline and is skilfully interdisciplinary in its approach. The editor and contributors fuse a biological perspective with important perspectives gained from social and cultural issues, incorporating the latest Canadian research, clinical practice issues, and other up-to-date developments in the field.

Written by leading Canadian instructors, researchers, and clinicians in the field, this introduction to human sexuality offers a wealth of contemporary perspectives and a diversity of views. Some of the many topics covered include sexually transmitted infections, sexual orientations, pregnancy and childbirth, and sexually explicit media. Furthermore, a unique stand-alone chapter on communication as well as two chapters devoted to variations in sexual behaviour and sexual dysfunction make this text unique and highly attractive to a broad range of students. Current discussions surrounding contemporary issues facing young adults-such as sexting, the HPV vaccine, Internet pornography, and safer sex negotiation-are also presented.

Sometimes shocking and often remarkable, the material throughout is always practical, highly informative, and very contemporary. By offering an even distribution of traditional biological and clinical subject matter for psychology students in combination with key social content for non-majors, this ground-breaking book is an invaluable resource for all students studying human sexuality.

Author Biography

Caroline Pukall, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Queen's University

Caroline Pukall is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Queen's University. Caroline is also the director of the sex therapy service at the psychology clinic at Queen's University, through which she trains and supervises clinical psychology graduate students in sex and couple therapy. Among other published works, Caroline has over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written numerous book chapters. She is the co-editor of a professional book entitled Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009); a co-author of When Sex Hurts: A Woman's Guide to Overcoming Sexual Pain (Da Capo Press, 2011); an associate editor for The Journal of Sexual Medicine; and a member of several university-based committees and professional organizations.

Table of Contents

Contents in Brief
Full Contents
Editor Biography
Contributor Biographies
Editor's Preface
Publisher's Preface
Media and Supplements
1. : Perspectives on Sexuality
Katherine S. Sutton, Karen Blair, and Caroline Pukall
2. : Theoretical Approaches to Studying Human Sexuality
Elke D. Reissing and Heather L. Armstrong
3. : Sex Research Methods
Melissa A. Farmer
4. : Sexual Anatomy: The Parts, the Pieces, and How they Respond
Caroline F. Pukall and Richard Wassersug
5. : Sex Hormones and Human Sexuality
Gillian Einstein and Jennifer Blake
6. : Pregnancy and Childbirth
Samantha Waxman and Beverley Chalmers
7. : Contraception and Pregnancy Options
Katherine S. Sutton and Beverly Chalmers
8. : Sexually Transmitted Infections: At the Junction of Biology and Behaviour
William A. Fisher and Marc Steben
9. : Sexuality Over the Life Span
Elke D. Reissing and Heather L. Armstrong
10. : Gender
Meredith Chivers
11. : Sexual/Affectional Orientations and Diversity
Kevin Alderson
12. : Attraction, Intimacy, and Love
Kelly B. Smith
13. : Sexual Communication
Uzma Rehman and Erin E. Fallis
14. : Sexual Behaviours and Relationships
Natalie O. Rosen and Sheila MacNeil
15. : Variations in Sexual Behaviour
Katherine S. Sutton and Caroline Pukall
16. : Sexual Dysfunctions
Peggy J. Kleinplatz
17. : The Dark Side of Sex: Assault and Harassment
Scott Ronis
18. : Selling and Buying Sex
Kevin Alderson
Chapter 19: Sex Education in Canada
Stephanie C. Boyer & Shannon M. Coyle

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