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The Psychology of Sexual Health

The Psychology of Sexual Health

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Edited by David Miller, Edited by Dr John Green

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  • Publisher: Blackwell Science Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 246mm x 26mm | 998g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0632049790
  • ISBN 13: 9780632049790

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There have been rapid developments in the psychological management of sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS. However, a significant proportion of those attending genitourinary clinics do not have a disease or infection, but rather are seeking help with sexual health issues relating to behaviour, prior sexual experiences and relationships. Hence as clinics become more and more generalist, there is a need to focus on behavioural aspects of disease. This text draws together the knowledge base of clinicians and researchers from all disciplines in the psychological management of sexual health to present advances in theory and practice in a practical way that will be accessible for all disciplines.

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Dr David Miller is Head of Psychology and Psychotherapy Services for HIV/GUM at University College London Medical School. Dr John Green is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at St Mary's Medical School.

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Psychological approaches to sexual health have arisen independently in a variety of different contexts. Psychology of Sexual Health is the first book to draw together the knowledge base and expertise of clinicians and researchers from all disciplines in the psychological management of sexual health. The authors have presented advances in theory and practice in a practical way that will be accessible for all disciplines. There have been rapid developments in the psychological management of sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS. A significant proportion of those attending genitourinary clinics do not have a disease or infection, but rather are seeking help with sexual health issues relating to behaviour, prior sexual experiences and relationships. Sexual health problems are being increasingly raised by patients across many other health specialties. Hence an increasing number of practitioners are needing to understand the psychological issues underlying sexual health. With contributions from experts around the world, this book addresses a wide range of issues including sexually transmitted diseases, sexual abuse, rape, abortion and genetic counselling.

Table of contents

Section 1 Lessons from history: Introduction - the meaning of the psychology of sexual health; the epidemiology of sexually transmitted diseases and sexual health; sexual behaviour and sexual health; psychological aspects of STDs; behaviour change for STD prevention and sexual health; sexualities and sexual health; STD control and the psychology of sexual health in developing countries; regulation of fertility. Section 2 Practical applications in the psychology of sexual health: taking a sexual history; compliance - ensuring the optimum efficacy of interventions throught engaging the patient; psychological approaches to the manangement of viral, bacterial and other STDs; psychological management in HIV infection; managing the anxious patient; psychiatric issues in sexual health management; contact tracing - managing couples in the context of sexual health; issues and principles in assessment and management of psychosexual disorders in sexual health settings; management of rape, sexual trauma and post traumatic stress disorder; sexual health in primary care; pain syndromes in sexual health mamagement; characterisation and management of difficult "borderline" patients; Identity, sexuality and psychodynamic management; management of childhood sexual abuse in adults; management of childhood sexual abuse in children; psychological characterisation and management of fertility, reproduction and menopause; changing sexual behaviour - group approaches to individual acts; characterisation and management of psychological issues in termination of pregnancy; psychological management in genetic counselling; psychological issues and management associated with commercial sex; unconventional sexual lifestyles; management in gender re-assignment; characterisation and management of psychological issues associated with diagnostic procedures and outcomes; conclusion - the future agenda in the psychology of sexual health.