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July 2020
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Sexuality and Our Diversity: Integrating Culture with the Biopsychosocial

Version 2.1

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Key Features

  • Includes COVID-19 Updates.
  • Contemporary focus on interactions of biological, individual psychological, social, and cultural factors that underpin human sexuality and sexual expression.
  • Written for learners with varying levels of preparation and interest in the subject.
  • Global/comparative coverage, such as drawing parallels between gender roles, economic circumstances, and health in many countries, including the U.S.
  • Flexible fifteen-chapter, modular organization facilitates adding, removing, or rearranging large portions of material or even a sentence or word to align easily with semester, quarter, or accelerated courses and various teaching approaches.
  • Infuses LBGTQ+ cultural variations, inclusion, and equity throughout the main narrative, not as marginalized feature boxes or in a single “diversity” chapter.
  • Each chapter contains learning objectives, interim summaries called “Key Takeaways,” key terms, exercises/discussion questions, and recommended resources. Engaging, embedded video links to free or open sites facilitate flipped classroom models and online course discussions.
  • Useful instructor materials provide support for online courses, including additional exercises and discussion questions (often with hyperlinks) and PowerPoint lecture slides featuring art from the book.


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Sexuality and Our Diversity: Integrating Culture with the Biopsychosocial, v. 2.1 is suitable for human sexuality courses taught primarily in psychology departments. May also be appropriate for human sexuality courses taught in human development, family studies, nursing/allied health, personal health, and sociology departments. Appropriate for courses taught at the undergraduate level at two- and four-year colleges and universities and at the graduate level.

Sexuality and Our Diversity: Integrating Culture with the Biopsychosocial, v. 2.1 takes an integrated approach to exploring the complex dimensions of biology, culture, psychology, sociology, history, and philosophy that explain human sexual diversity. The author contextualizes specific topics, such as sexually transmitted infections, in a broader picture of comprehensive sex education and public policy, access to healthcare, and economic equality. Topics build from basic to advanced to support less well-prepared students while keeping those with prior coursework fully engaged.

New in This Version

  • Version 2.1 includes information about COVID-19
    • Examines the coronavirus as a common threat to humanity and how it is experienced in similar and different ways depending on geographic region, race, and socioeconomic status both globally and within the U.S.
    • Discusses the impact of social distancing and economic insecurity on relationships, desire, dating, safer sex, cybersex, intimate partner violence, sexual aggression, future trends, and more.
  • Reflects the recent updates in Version 2.0
    • Over 1,000 discrete revisions, including new content, updated research, new or refreshed links, and revised exercises.
    • Over 300 video hyperlinks to videos and webpages to enrich online courses, engage students, and reinforce or augment many of the presented topics.
    • New or revised coverage of public policy and law, genetics, neuroscience, affirmative consent, and the #MeToo movement.
      Updated references to trans persons reflect preferences of the trans- and trans-affirmative communities.

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Additions & Errata


Section 5.6:
Under the “Laws, Psychiatry, and Sexual Orientation From the 19th to the 21st Centuries” section, the paragraph regarding the Pride flag was updated with new information and an image of the flag (Figure 5.5).

Section 6.1:
Under the “COVID-19 and Dating” subsection, the third paragraph was updated with new information regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

Under the “'We’re All in This Together.' Or Are We?” section, both paragraphs were updated with new information on vaccines and returning to in-person instruction in Fall 2021.

Exercises and discussion question #3 was updated.

Section 7.4:
The last paragraph under the “COVID-19 and Sexual Behavior” section was updated with new information regarding vaccination.

Section 8.4:
Under the “Demographic Gender Differences: Lifespan, Race, and Ethnicity and COVID-19” section, information about COVID-19 rates among men and women was updated in the ninth paragraph.

Section 13.3:
Learning objective #7 was updated and learning objective #8 was added.

Under the “COVID-19: A Novel Coronavirus and a New Global Pandemic” section, the third paragraph was updated with information on a pandemic versus an endemic and the lack of COVID-19 immunization across the world. The last paragraph in this section also now mentions vaccines.

In the Key Takeaways, the second bullet was updated with new information on vaccines and mutations.

Section 13.5:
The “Safer Sex and COVID-19 (and Safer Everyday Living)” section is now titled “Safer Sex, COVID-19, Vaccines (and Safer Everyday Living)”. This entire section was updated to include new information on masking, vaccination, and other precautions.

Exercises and discussion question #4 was updated.

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