This text approaches the subject of human sexuality from a psychological perspective. It features information from a variety of disciplines, such as biology, women's studies, sociology, anthropology and health education. The text offers extensive coverage of research and theoretical findings, but its informal tone makes it suitable for students at all academic levels. This edition features: expanded coverage of multicultural research; updated data on sexual behaviour, including the University of Chicago NORC survey; and a video produced for Mcgraw-Hill presenting a series of unrehearsed interviews, covering a range of topics in sexuality. Attention is given to gender: the text highlights differences between male and female sexuality and the importance of gender roles in sexual behaviour.
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Janet Shibley Hyde, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Evjue-Bascom Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, received her education at Oberlin College and the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught a course in human sexuality since 1974, first at Bowling Green State University, then at Denison University, and now at the University of Wisconsin. Her research interests are in gender differences and gender-role development in children. Author of the textbook Half the Human Experience: The Psychology of Women, she is currently President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She has received many other honours, including an award for excellence in teaching at Bowling Green State University, the Chancellor’s Award for teaching at the University of Wisconsin, and the Kinsey Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for career contributions to sex research. She is married to John DeLamater.
John D. DeLamater, Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, received his education at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Michigan. He created the Human Sexuality course at the University of Wisconsin in 1975 and has taught it regularly since then. His research and writing are focused on social and psychological influences on human sexuality; his recent work is in the areas of HIV/AIDs and STD prevention. He is the coauthor of the textbook Social Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and Editor of The Journal of Sex Research. He has received awards for excellence in teaching from the Department of Sociology and Interfraternity Council-Panhellenic Association and is a member of the Teaching Academy at the University of Wisconsin. He regularly teaches a seminar for graduate students on teaching undergraduate courses. He is married to Janet Hyde.
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