Male Intergenerational Intimacy: Historical, Socio-psychological, and Legal Perspectives

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Theo Sandfort, Edward Brongersma, A. X. van Naerssen
Haworth Press, 1991 - Social Science - 325 pages
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This groundbreaking book presents new historical, legal, sociological, psychological, and cross-disciplinary research on male intergenerational intimacy. Experts thoroughly document and further the discussion about this area of research through historical and ethnological examples from different times and places, and aim to clarify how controversies about the subject have evolved in modern Western society. The editors of Male Intergenerational Intimacy have solicited original research and literature reviews which do not digress into emotional arguments for or against intergenerational intimacy but instead aim to establish the basics for a research-based scholarship.

The contributors address the implications of intergenerational intimacy on a variety of levels--from friendship and companionship through sexual dimensions--and further analyze personal accounts to illustrate how individuals involved in intergenerational intimacy understand themselves and how they construct their concepts of intimacy and sexual identity. Contributors also deal with intergenerational intimacy behaviors that require counseling, treatment, and psychotherapeutic interventions from a positive approach. Finally, separate chapters deal with criminology issues and penal codes as they relate to the subject area.

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Sandfort is President of the International Academy of Sex Research and Associate Professor at the HIV Center of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Department of Sociomedical Sciences of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. He was trained as a social psychologist and his research interests center on sexual health, homosexuality, and sexual development.

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