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PSY 325A Human Sexuality. Introduction to the course The history of sexuality research The methods of sexuality research. 0. Introduction to the course. Overview of syllabus Is sexuality important? Why study something that occurs naturally? How broad are the effects of human sexuality?

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psy 325a human sexuality

PSY 325A Human Sexuality

Introduction to the course

The history of sexuality research

The methods of sexuality research

introduction to the course


Introduction to the course
  • Overview of syllabus
  • Is sexuality important?
  • Why study something that occurs naturally?
  • How broad are the effects of human sexuality?
  • Should Christians talk about such things?
what are they thinking some true stories
What are they thinking? Some true stories…
  • Susan has been dating a great guy for 8 months, and they are talking about getting married. One evening he shares with her that he looks at porn frequently, and can’t seem to avoid it. What is Susan thinking?
  • Jennifer is married to a pastor. As their love life has become a bit predictable—at least from his point of view—he suggests that they watch some porn movies together in the bedroom. What is Jennifer thinking?
  • Current comment: Noam Chomsky
more stories
More stories…
  • Mike’s wife says that she enjoys their lovemaking, but finds it even more enjoyable if she reads a romance novel for awhile before they get started. What is Mike thinking?
  • Josh’s wife seems to enjoy sex with him, but he always has to be the initiator. Usually she agrees, but sometimes she declines. When she declines, what is Josh thinking?
curent cultural comments
Curent cultural comments
  • David Duchovny
  • Sex Addiction
reading assignments


Reading assignments
  • Click on Readings on the course calendar in the syllabus.
  • Read the History of sexuality research.
  • Click the link and read the assigned selections from Hippocrates.
  • Read the assigned passages from Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.
  • Click the link and read Chapter 1 from Part II of the Kama Sutra. Do not believe everything you read.
  • Click on the John Calvin link, and read his section on marriage (paragraphs 34 – 37)
values about sexuality
Values about sexuality
  • Read the textbook material on different value systems
  • Critically evaluate the textbook’s explanations by referring to primary sources as linked in the syllabus.
sexuality research in the modern era


Sexuality research in the modern era
  • Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902)
    • Psychopathia sexualis
  • Sigmund Freud 1856-1939)
    • Three contributions to the theory of sexuality, 1905
  • Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)
    • Studies in the psychology of sex, 1896-1928
  • Theodore van de Velde (1873-1937)
    • Ideal marriage, 1926
more research history


More research history
  • The boys from Berlin and sexology
    • Ulrichs, Hirschfeld, Moll, & Marcuse
  • Robert Latou Dickinson
    • A thousand marriages, 1932
  • Helena Wright
    • The sex factor in marriage, 1930
  • Alfred C. Kinsey (1894-1956)
    • Sexual behavior in the human male, 1948
    • Sexual behavior in the human female , 1953
more recent research


More recent research
  • Kinsey Institute studies (1989, 1990)
    • “Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction”
  • Money and Ehrhardt
    • Man & woman, boy & girl, 1972
  • Masters and Johnson
    • Human sexual inadequacy, 1970
    • Homosexuality in perspective, 1979
survey research


Survey research
  • The Hunt report, 1974 (Playboy Foundation)
  • The Redbook survey (Tavris & Sadd, 1977)
  • The Hite reports (1976, 1981)
  • The National Health and Social Life Survey
    • (Michael, Gagnon, Michaels, and Laumann, 1994)
  • International Sexuality Description Project (Schmitt, 2003)
summary of research methods


Summary of research methods
  • Arm’s length survey research
  • Face-to-face survey research
  • Case studies and clinical research
  • Observational research
    • Behavioral and physiological
    • Naturalistic observation
    • Ethnographic observation: Field research
    • Participant observation
    • Laboratory observation: Experimental research
  • Correlational method
  • Experimental method
the ethics of sex research


The ethics of sex research
  • Sampling and reliability
  • Privacy, invasion, and informed consent
    • Participation: selection bias, Hawthorne effect
    • Validity of invasive technologies, like plethysmography
  • Rationale of formation of groups, eg. race
  • Ideological use of research
  • Caveats for evaluating sex research
cross cultural analysis of sexuality


Cross-cultural analysis of sexuality
  • Liberia
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Sudan
  • Liu Report on sexual behavior in China, 1990
  • The Billings Indian Health Services Survey, 1990
why study human sexuality


Why study human sexuality?
  • Inquiring minds want to know.
  • To evaluate contradictory messages we may have received
  • To develop a mature attitude
  • To learn to cope with our past
  • To improve the quality of our lives
  • To understand cultures, history, Scripture, and humanity
parental responses spring 2000


Parental responses, Spring, 2000

Dad Mom

  • Trust your judgment 3 5
  • Need Christian/Biblical values 7 9
  • Irony/humor 4 1
  • Reserve judgment/neutral/accept 1 4
  • In favor 11 13