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Sexuality and Its Disorders

Sexuality and Its Disorders
Development, Cases, and Treatment

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October 2016 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Sexuality and Its Disorders explores sexuality from an evolutionary perspective using powerful, real-life case studies to help readers provide effective guidance around issues relating to sexuality. Drawing on his 30 years of clinical experience and research, author Mike Abrams provides a comprehensive, evidence-based, and clinically-oriented text with cutting-edge coverage throughout. Discussions include the physical and psychological development of sexual identity; the social aspects of sexual behavior; the many expressions of sexuality; cognitive behavior treatment of sexual problems; and more. The many perspectives of sexuality are examined with interviews and commentaries from major figures in the field—including David M. Buss, Helen Fisher, C. Sue Carter of Kinsey, Todd K. Shackelford, Ken Zucker, and Gordon Gallup—who discuss such topics as the origins of sexuality, the nature of love, the role of attachment, and the treatment of sexual problems. 
Chapter 1: Overview of Sexuality
Case of Elena and Arthur  
Defining Sex  
The Making of Sexuality  
Objectives of This Book  
Interviews with Preeminent Researchers on Sexuality  
Interview with David Buss, PhD  
Chapter 2: The Basics of Sexuality
Sexuality and Gender  
Sexual Reproduction  
Sexual Reproduction and Genetic Variation  
Red Queen Hypothesis  
Sexual Competition  
Sperm Competition  
r/K Selection  
Interview with J. Philippe Rushton  
Sexual Dimorphism  
Relationship Types  
Pair Bonding  
Sexual Selection  
Chapter 3: History of Western Sexuality
The Nature of Historical Sex: Desirability and Debauchery  
Sex in the Bible  
Ancient Greece  
Ancient Rome  
Sexuality in the Medieval Era  
Sexuality During the Renaissance  
Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century  
The Twentieth Century and the Sexual Revolution  
Fear in Sexuality  
An Interview with Dr. Joseph Ledoux  
Chapter 4: Major Figures in Sex Research and Theory
Early Writings of Sexuality  
Demons and Witchcraft: Early Explorations of Sexual Aberration and Mental Illness  
The Renaissance and the Development of Sexology  
Sex Research and the Reaction to Victorianism  
Heinrich Kaan (1816-1893)  
Karl-Heinrich Ulrichs (1825-1895)  
Albert Moll (1862-1939)  
Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935)  
Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902)  
Iwan Bloch (1872-1922)  
Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)  
Feminism and Early Research on Female Sexuality  
Clelia Mosher (1863-1940)  
Robert Latou Dickinson (1861-1950)  
Katherine Bement Davis (1860-1935)  
The Psychoanalytical School of Thought  
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)  
Modern Science and Human Sexuality  
Paulo Mantegazza (1831-1910)  
Ira Reiss (1925- )  
William Masters (1915-2001) and Virginia Johnson (1925-2013)  
Alfred Kinsey (1894-1956)  
An Interview With Dr. Sue Carter of Kinsey Institute  
Studies in Gender and Sexual Orientation  
Michel Foucault (1926-1984)  
John Money (1921-2006)  
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  
Albert Ellis (1913-2007)  
Biological Perspectives  
Gordon Gallup, Jr. (1941- )  
Interview with Dr. Gordon Gallup  
Chapter 5: Theories and Perspectives on Sexuality
Sexual Motivation and the Feedback Loop  
Essentialism and Sexual Orientation  
Humanistic Perspectives  
The Decline of Humanism  
Psychoanalytic Schools  
Constructivist / Post-modern Perspectives of Psychoanalysis  
Analytical Psychology  
Constructivism and Social Relativism  
Bio-Psycho-Social Point of View  
Legal Approach  
Social Constructionism  
Evolutionary Perspectives  
Developmental Theory  
Evolution and Attachment Theory  
Strategy-Based Theories  
Interview with Dr. Todd Shackelford  
Chapter 6: Sexuality Development and Developmental Psychology
Development of Gender  
Interview with Gender Identity Expert Dr. Kenneth Zucker  
Interview with Transgender Author and Clinician Dr. Diane Ehrensaft  
The Development of Sexual Behavior  
The Maturation of Sexual Behavior  
Developmental Abnormalities  
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia  
Biological Influences on Homosexuality  
Chapter 7: The Psychology of Sexual Anatomy and Physiology
The External Male Sex Organs  
The Internal Male Sex Organs  
Hormones: Reproduction, and Sexual Development  
Male Sexual Functions  
The Female External Sex Organs  
The Internal Female Reproductive System  
Hormones and Reproduction  
The Female Sexual Response  
Sexual Responses in Men and Women  
Chapter 8: Theories of Love and Attachment and Mating
The Evolutionary Approach to Love  
Evolution, Cognition, and Motivation  
Attachment Theory  
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy  
Neurology and the Science of Love  
Interview with Dr. Helen Fisher  
Relationships and Commitment  
Chapter 9: Dating and Mating
The Psychology of Dating  
Evolutionary Perspectives on Dating/Mating Behavior  
Interview with Dr. Douglas Kenrick  
Mate Choice  
Short-Term Mating Strategies  
Case of Roderick  
Long-Term Mating Strategies  
Issues in Relationships  
Culture and Sexual Behavior  
Sexual Orientation  
Agrarian and Hunter-Gatherer Societies versus Industrial Societies  
Eastern versus Western  
Sexual Pathologies  
Current Trends in Courtship and Mating  
Chapter 10: Sexual Disorders and Paraphilias
Classifying Sexual Disorders and Dysfunctions  
Perspectives on Sexual Dysfunction  
Prevalence and Incidence of Sexual Disorders  
Case of Andy: A Paraphile Seeking Help  
Dimensions of Paraphilic Sexuality  
The Structure of Paraphilias  
Prevalence of Paraphilias  
Theories Related to Paraphilia  
Theories of Masochistic Sexuality  
Evolutionary Perspectives  
Chapter 11: Treatment of Sexual Problems
Case of Sharon: Abuse, Masochism, and Troilism  
The Nuances of Sexual Assessment  
Case of Fabrice  
Common Factors in Sexual Treatments  
Cognitive Approach  
Behavioral Approach  
Treatment of Troubled Relationships  
Problems with Arousal  
The Case of Lorraine and Mark – Loss of Passion  
Infidelity or "Cheating"  
The Case of Linda and Vlad’s Marital Infidelity  
Chapter 12: Sexuality and the Internet
Online Sexual Activities  
Dating and Casual Encounters  
Dating and Hookup Statistics  
Adult Websites  
Interview with Mike Stabile  
Erotic Stories  
Gender Differences in Online Sexual Behaviors  
The Case of Arnet  
Effects of Online Sexual Material  
Online Sexual Predators  


Instructor Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Microsoft® Word test bank, is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content and features.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Sample course syllabus provides suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Additional readings provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.
  • Audio interviews and questions
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Audio interviews
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Additional readings provide a jumping-off point for course assignments, papers, research, group work, and class discussion.

“In Sexuality and Its Disorders, Mike Abrams shares a wealth of knowledge about sexual matters gleaned from decades of observation and study. He shares fascinating facts, such as the myriad reasons why people have sex in the first place. Who knew that there are scores of reasons that go way beyond the obvious one – people do it for pleasure? Anyone who appreciates that sex is a crucial component of life, and who wonders about its scientific underpinnings, will learn a great deal from this book.”

Elizabeth F. Loftus, PhD
Distinguished Professor, University of California, Irvine

“This is a first-class text on human sexuality. Its scope is wide-ranging with historical and theoretical depth that gives readers a fabulous overview of the field. It springs to life with lively interviews conducted with today’s leading sexual scientists. And although theoretically eclectic, it uses a sophisticated evolutionary perspective to tie together the fascinating and diverse threads that make up human sexuality.”

David M. Buss
The University of Texas at Austin

“In this volume Mike Abrams has brought together great minds in this complex field. His insightful interviews, in particular, add new dimensions to our understanding of one of the world’s oldest mysteries – what is sex and what are the origins of variations in sexuality?”

C. Sue Carter
Director, The Kinsey Institute

“Mike Abrams has written a superbly comprehensive—and imminently readable—overview of historical and recent work on sexuality and disorders of sexuality. Students and instructors will find Dr. Abrams’s writing style engaging and straightforward, bringing excitement and enthusiasm to a fascinating field.”

Todd K. Shackelford, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chair Co-Director, Evolutionary Psychology Lab

“Sex is an endlessly fascinating topic. Mike Abrams, a leading thinker on intimacy and sexuality, and treatments of these, lays out the story for us. Sexuality and Its Disorders is an engaging and informative book that should be of interest to lay people and professionals alike.”

Joseph LeDoux
Author of Anxious (Viking, 2015)

“This text fills an important but largely ignored gap by providing an accessible and comprehensive text on the psychology of sex and intimate relationships.”

Sue Becker
Teesside University

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