Sexuality Across the Life Course

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Alice S. Rossi
University of Chicago Press, Aug 15, 1994 - Psychology - 418 pages
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How does sexual behavior change over one's life-span? How does sexual satisfaction affect the quality and stability of marriage? How has the AIDS epidemic affected sexual attitudes in America over the past three decades?

In this wide-reaching volume, distinguished sociologist Alice S. Rossi addresses these questions and others through fourteen diverse essays on sexual behavior, covering adolescence through old age and studying such groups as singles, married couples, and homosexuals. This extensive study also explores the effects of chronic disease and medication on sexual functioning, recent developments in psychotherapy for sexual problems, and sexual abuse of children, incest, and rape.

"The interdisciplinary nature of the project has resulted in a text that is accessible to anyone with a behavioral science background. Well written, well edited, and well received by this reviewer."—Joan C. Chrisler, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy

"This is a book that needs to be on the bookshelf of any AIDS researcher."—AIDS Book Review Journal
 

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Contents

A Biopsychosocial Approach
3
Human Sexuality Life Histories and Evolutionary Ecology
39
Trends
63
Sexuality among AfricanAmerican Women
99
AfricanAmerican Male Sexuality through the Early Life
127
Patterns
151
Getting Started on Sexual Behavior
187
Teenage Girls
209
AgeRelated Variation in Sexual Activity and Interest
261
Sex and Sexuality in Later Life Stages
287
Effect of Chronic Disease and Medication on Sexual
313
A Quarter Century
341
A Life Course
363
Contributors
389
Author Index
395
Subject Index
412

The Middle Years
233

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