The Psychology of Sexual Orientation, Behavior, and Identity: A Handbook

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Louis Diamant, Richard D. McAnulty
Greenwood Publishing Group, 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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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. In addition, he serves as psychologist for intercollegiate athletics and has a private practice in clinical psychology. His research interests include sexual orientation, sexual identification, and the psychology of sports and fitness. Previous publications include Male and Female Homosexuality: Psychological Approaches (1987) and Homosexual Issues in the Workplace (1993).

RICHARD D. McANULTY is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia. His research interests include problems of sexuality, the paraphilias, and issues in classification and assessment. He has served as consulting editor for several journals including the Journal of Sex Research.

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