Doctors, psychologists and educators nationwide detail how sex – or lack of it – affects our mental and physical health. Includes a focus on potential threats to sexual health, be they mental, physical, cultural or religious.
In this unprecedented four-volume set, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators, and clergy join forces to present information vital for sexual health. Topics candidly discussed include the meaning of sexual health, the effects of ignorance or neglect, and the role of love, touch, and communication. Doctors explain the roles of physical systems, while psychologists and members of the clergy detail the roles of religion, culture, and parental or family beliefs in spurring or squashing sexual health. State-of-the-art treatments and research are also featured. Each volume includes a chapter on how to talk with a doctor, therapist, or patient about sexual health.
Americans feel free to tell medical doctors of health ills from headaches to hemorrhoids, and to tell psychologists about mental problems from depression to delusions. Yet, there is one area that affects both physical and mental health most people don’t discuss with either doctor or psychologist: sexual health. According to a survey published by the American Medical Association, 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men in the United States experience some form of sexual dysfunction, problems are largely hidden, and so exacerbated. Doctors don’t initiate the topic with patients; neither do most psychologists aside from trained sex therapists. The problems might not even be rooted in disorders commonly understood as illness. As officials at the World Health Organization have defined it, sexual health is more than the absence of disease. It is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality.
“The editors interweave areas of basic and clinical science that are not often seen together–to the benefit of students and scholars alike. In doing so, they clarify the diverse contributions that have been made to the field of sexual health….[T]he editors have skillfully brought multiple disciplines and perspectives together into one comprehensive anthology….I know that these volumes will certainly help me to educate medical students, residents, and physicians about sexual health. I believe this collection will be a valuable resource for clinicians, researchers, sexual health educators, and even persons outside the field who are simply interested in enhancing their own sexual health.” – The New England Journal of Medicine
“This four-volume set is founded on the World Health Organization’s definition of sexual health as being more than just the absence of disease; instead it is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being related to sexuality. Each volume focuses on a broad area of sexual health, and the chapters within each volume, written by academics and health practitioners, treat various topics in language that is scholarly but accessible to lay readers….[a] comprehensive, nonjudgmental resource on a high-interest topic. Access to information is through each volume’s table of contents and a subject index; cross-referencing would have made this set more useful as a reference resource. However, its chapter-based format makes it appropriate for placement in either circulating or reference collections. Recommended. All levels.” – Choice
“Tepper is a sexual educator, researcher, and advocate; Owens is a certified sexuality counselor. Both are with the Sexual Health Network, an organization of health professionals and educators providing online information and guidance to the public. They present a four-volume set comprised of 61 chapters contributed by some 70 doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators, and clergy addressing the meaning of sexual health, the effects of ignorance or neglect, and the role of love, touch, and communication. Each volume focuses on one of four subcategories of sexual health psychological foundations, physical foundations, moral and cultural foundations, and state-of-the-art treatments and research and contains a subject index specific to the individual volume. A list of print and nonprint resources is also included at the end of each volume for further information. For students and healthcare professionals, and general readers interested in sexual health.” – Reference & Research Book News
“This monumental work presents in-depth knowledge and extensive information from many different points of view. Several chapters deal with the cultural and religious aspects of sexuality, of great importance in our present world. An excellent work!” – Gorm Wagner, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark
“This is an incredibly complete text on sexual health, and includes chapters from many of the most prominent researchers and clinicians in the field. Contributing authors provide detail without losing sight of the big picture, which is organized by the editors into three volumes on the underpinnings of sexual health, and one on treatments and research. This comprehensive anthology of sexual health is an essential resource for clinical practice, medical education, and further advancements in our understanding of human sexuality.” – Anita H. Clayton, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia
Tepper, M & Owens, A. (eds). Sexual Health, Vol. I: Psychological Foundations. Sex, Love, and Psychology series edited by J. Kuriansky. Westport: Praeger Publishing, 2007.
Tepper, M & Owens, A. (eds). Sexual Health, Vol. II: Physical Foundations. Sex, Love, and Psychology series edited by J. Kuriansky. Westport: Praeger Publishing, 2007.
Tepper, M & Owens, A. (eds). Sexual Health, Vol. III: Moral and Cultural Foundations. Sex, Love, and Psychology series edited by J. Kuriansky. Westport: Praeger Publishing, 2007.
Tepper, M & Owens, A. (eds). Sexual Health, Vol. IV: State-of-the-Art Research and Treatment. Sex, Love, and Psychology series edited by J. Kuriansky. Westport: Praeger Publishing, 2007.