Sexuality textbooks often are written for lower-level courses, take a biological/health perspective, and treat topics in a relatively general, if not superficial, way. This sophisticated and advanced upper-level text centers more on the exploration of scientific theory than a presentation of ''facts.'' The book covers many of the topics typically covered in human sexuality courses (e.g., anatomy, physiology, gender, love and relationships, development, reproductive issues, disorders); however, coverage will be presented from a psychological perspective, and the larger focus will be on the scientific investigation of sexuality and a review of the scientific literature. By covering fewer topics in a greater level of depth, the author is able to delve into the interesting details of how behavioral scientists gather, evaluate, organize, and synthesize material. He also emphasizes the scientific investigation of sexuality, offering a solid review of the research literature.
1. The Study of Sexuality
The Need for the Scholarly Study of Sexuality
The Predominant Views Used in This Book
The Nature of Theory and Understanding in Science
Historical Factors in the Scientific Investigation of Sex
"Although intended as a textbook, this accessible book could as well serve in an academic collection as a useful source of background material for a variety of readers."-á
Craig A. Hill received a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Utah to conduct research in health and organizational psychology, and has held positions at three other universities. Before his current position at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, he was an assistant scientist at The Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is a tenured associate professor with 20 publications in scientific journals. He also has presented numerous conference papers and has been reviewing for social/personality and sexuality journals for over 20 years. He has taught human sexuality for seven years. In 1996, he was awarded membership in the Indiana University faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching, a program designed to recognize Indiana University`s most exemplary teaching faculty and to encourage teaching excellence across the university by creating a network of distinguished scholar-mentors.