The APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology marks a turning point in the status of sexuality within the discipline of psychology. This comprehensive two-volume handbook provides an overarching review of current empirical research on sexuality as well as a synthesis of the dominant theoretical perspectives that have guided both research and clinical practice. An organizing current throughout the volume is the integration of individual experience and social/cultural context across every domain of sexuality. This dual emphasis on person and context is reflected in the structure of the handbook itself. Volume 1 presents foundational information on the history, theoretical and methodological development and current practices in the field, and then moves on to address foundational aspects of sexuality, including desire, orientation, behavior and practices, individual lifespan development and biological substrates. Volume 2 broadens the analytic frame to emphasize the core contextual factors known to influence the development, expression and interpretation of sexuality, as well as its expression in and through all of the key institutions of our society, including marginalized populations, education, sexual rights and communities, globalization, religion and the media. The American Psychological Association has stated that “the APA Handbook on Seuality and Psychology will become a defining resource for this increasingly central topic.”

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