Key Features

  • Long awaited new edition of the definitive reference text on human sexuality
  • Addresses the neurophysiological, psychological and socio-cultural aspects of human sexuality and how they interact
  • Examines the normal sexual experience and covers the various ways in which sex can be problematic, including dysfunctional, ‘out of control’, high risk and illegal sexual behaviour
  • Reviews the clinical management of problematic sexuality and provides clear, practical guidelines for clinical intervention
  • Presents a broad cross-disciplinary perspective of the subject area making the book suitable for all professionals involved in the field

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Models of human sexuality: the role of theory
3. Sexual differentiation and the development of gender identity
4. Sexual arousal and response - the psychosomatic circle
5. Sexual development
6. Heterosexuality
7. Sexuality and ageing
8. Homosexuality and bisexuality
9. Sexual variations
10. Transgender, gender non-conformity and transvestism
11. The nature of problematic sexuality
12. Helping people with sexual problems: assessment and treatment options
13. Sexual aspects of medical practice
14. HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections
15. Sexual aspects of fertility, fertility control and infertility
16. Sexual offences
Index of references


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© 2009
Churchill Livingstone
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About the author

John Bancroft

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Director and currently Senior Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Bloomington, IN, USA