The Psychology of Sexual Orientation, Behavior, and Identity: A Handbook (Google eBook)

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Louis Diamant, Richard D. McAnulty
Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1995 - Psychology - 522 pages
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This comprehensive overview of research, issues, and theories relating to sexual orientation, behavior, and identity by experts in various disciplines is unique in providing both historical perspectives and a synthesis of the recent advances in understanding homosexuality and heterosexuality.

Drawing from biological and psychological research, this handbook critically reviews the major theories about sexual orientation and examines each theory on the basis of empirical support. One section summarizes recent developments in genetic and neuroanatomic research. Another section discusses problems with sexual performance among heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual persons. A third section provides overviews of clinical disorders or sexual deviations. Various chapters clarify the distinction between sexual disorders, such as pedophilia, and sexual variations, such as homosexuality. Chapters also examine important social issues relevant to sexual orientation, such as disability, prejudice, aging, and gender roles. Experts address the continuing controversy over the feasibility of altering sexual orientation; new developments in treating different types of problems; and changing perspectives today. This handbook is designed for the use of educators, students, and researchers in the social and behavioral sciences.

  

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Contents

Theoretical Explanations of Sexual Orientation
43
Sexual Dysfunctions in Nonclinical Populations
163
Clinical Disorders of Sexual Behavior and Identity
237
Sexual Orientation and Social Issues
355
Index
513
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Page 11 - I gather from your letter that your son is a homosexual. I am most impressed by the fact that you do not mention this term yourself in your information about him. May I question you, why you avoid it? Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation, it cannot be classified as an illness; we consider it to be a variation of the sexual function produced by a certain arrest of sexual development. Many highly respectable individuals...
Page 12 - For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
Page 7 - This diagnosis is reserved for deviant sexuality which is not symptomatic of more extensive syndromes, such as schizophrenic and obsessional reactions. The term includes most of the cases formerly classed as 'psychopathic personality with pathologic sexuality.

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LOUIS DIAMANT is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, having served as Chair and Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.RICHARD D. McANULTY is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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