Homosexuality/Heterosexuality : Concepts of Sexual Orientation

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The contributors address two focal questions: What have we learned about the nature of sexual orientation; and how can it be measured or classified for research purposes? The book is aimed at psychologists, biologists, sociologists interested in human sexual behaviour and psychiatrists, as well as educated laypeople interested in the subject.
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  • Hardback | 450 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 771.1g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftone and line illustrations, tables throughout
  • 0195052056
  • 9780195052053

Table of contents

Part I: Historical and religious perspectives: Vern Bullough: The Kinsey scale in historical perspective; John Boswell: Sexual and ethical categories in premodern Europe; Bruce Voeller: Some uses and abuses of the Kinsey scale; Part II: Psychobiological perspective: John Money: Agenda and credenda of the Kinsey scale; Richard E. Whalen, David C. Geary, & Frank Johnson: Models of sexuality; Louis Gooren: Biomedical theories of sexual orientation: a critical examination; Richard C. Pillard: The Kinsey scale: is it familial?; John Bancroft: Commentary: biological contributions to sexual orientation; Part III: Evolutionary perspective: James D. Weinrich: The Kinsey scale, with a note on Kinsey the biologist; Ronald D. Nadler: Homosexual behavior in nonhuman primates; Leonard A. Rosenblum: Primates, homo sapiens, and homosexuality; Part IV: Cultural and sociological perspectives: John H. Gagnou: Gender preference in erotic relations: The Kinsey scale and sexual scripts; Gilbert Herdt: Developmental discontinuities and sexual orientation across cultures; Part V: Identity development perspective: Vivienne C. Cass: The implications of homosexual identity formation for the Kinsey model and scale of sexual preference; Eli Coleman: Toward a synthetic understanding of sexual orientation; Frita Klein: The need to view sexual orientation as a multivariable dynamic process: A theoretical perspective; Richard A. Isay: Psychoanalytic theory and the therapy of gay men; Part VI: Relational perspective: Philip Blumstein, & Pepper Schwartz: Intimate relationships and the creation of sexuality; Letitia Anne Peplau, & Susan D. Cochran: A relational perspective on homosexuality; Margaret Nichols: Lesbian relationships: implications for the study of sexuality and gender; Part VII: conceptual and theoretical perspectives: John P. De Cecco: Sex and more sex: a critique of the Kinsey conception of human sexuality; Noretta Koertge: Constructing concepts of sexuality - a philosophical commentary.
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About David McWhirter

About the editors David P. McWhirter has worked extensively in the area of human sexuality. Presently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, he is also Medical Director and Chief of Staff at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital, San Diego, California. With many years of experience in private practice, he is an authority on the therapeutic management of sexual and relationship problems. June Machover Reinisch, Director of The Kinsey Institute of Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, is General Editor of the Kinsey Institute Series. A Professor in the Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University at Bloomington, she is also Professor of Clinical Psychology at Indiana University's School of Medicine. Dr. Reinisch will coedit the next Kinsey Institute Series volume, Adolescence and Puberty: Sexual Development and Adjustment. Stephanie Ann Sanders is Assistant Director of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Indiana University. She has carried out research in psychology and biopsychology, and most recently coedited the first volume in the Kinsey Institute Series, Masculinity/Femininity: Basic Perspectives, with June Machover Reinisch and Leonard A. Rosenblum.
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