"Although intended as a textbook, this accessible book could as well serve in an academic collection as a useful source of background material for a variety of readers." —CHOICE
"Craig Hill's new text is a welcome addition to the textbooks available for undergraduate courses on human sexuality. It goes beyond the standard topics found in many books and seriously integrates social psychological research and theory on human sexuality. This book is just the type of serious treatment of psychological aspects of human sexuality that I have been seeking for some time for my course."
—Irene Hanson Frieze, Professor of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Human Sexuality: Personality and Social Psychological Perspectives presents the topics typically covered in human sexuality courses, rooting the presentation in a strong psychological perspective. Author Craig Hill focuses on personality and social psychological theory to provide students with a conceptual understanding of the psychological factors involved in sexuality, and he encourages students to build upon that foundation by challenging them to think critically about the material in various ways. He also emphasizes the scientific investigation of sexuality, offering a solid review of the research literature.
- Focuses predominantly on the psychological aspects of sexuality: The topics covered and the organization of the book are ideally suited for instructors who wish to emphasize psychological factors involved in sexuality.
- Stresses the symbiotic relationship between research and theory: The book provides a more accurate and complete understanding of the way in which science generates sound evidence that informs theories pertaining to sexuality and how those theories, in turn, inform further inquiry.
- Presents real-life examples: Personal anecdotes enable students to relate concepts and information to the lives of real people and to their own lives, making the information clearer and more meaningful to them.
- Integrates cultural diversity throughout: Race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation are considered in the topics covered and the examples employed.
- Helps develop critical thinking and analytic abilities: Analyze This: Looking at Different Perspectives; An Opportunity for Self-Reflection; and An Eye Toward Research boxes as well as end-of-chapter questions and caption questions allow students to delve further into the material, allowing them to think critically about current topics and their own lives.
This is an excellent core text for both undergraduate and graduate courses on Human Sexuality particulary those offered in departments of psychology.
- An Instructor's Resource CD provides PowerPoint presentations; chapter study material; classroom handouts; and suggestions for course projects, discussion questions, and internet exercises. Also included is a Computerized Test Bank with multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions that allows for easy test creation
- A Student Study Web Site provides e-flashcards, Internet exercises and resources, self quizzes, and links to SAGE journal articles and video clips. Also available is a link to the author's blog where students can respond to comments posted by the author and other students using the text. Go to www.sagepub.com/hillhsstudy to view the site.
|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|
|The Historical Analysis of Sexuality|
|The Centrality of Religion in Attitudes about 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|
|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|
|The Personal Meaning of Sexuality|
|The Personality Psychology of Sexuality|
|The Concepts of Sex and Gender|
|Aspects of Gender|
|The Social Nature of the Self|
|Factors Affecting Attractiveness of Partners|
|The Development of Intimate Relationships|
|Theoretical Views of Love and Sexuality|
|The Path That Relationships Usually Follow|
|Sexuality Within Long-Term Committed Relationships|
|Sexuality Outside of Traditional Relationships|
|The Concepts of Race and Ethnicity|
|Sexuality and Ethnicity|
|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|
|Development During Infancy|
|Development During Childhood|
|Challenges of Young Adulthood|
|Establishing Sexual Orientation|
|Establishing a Family|
|Midlife and Beyond|