Introduction and History of Human Sexuality and Research Methods
What is sexual normality? What is sexual functioning? What is sex? Is sex synonymous with intercourse?
In order to understand human sexuality as it pertains to today’s academic culture and society, it is necessary to take a closer look at the historical, biological, evolutionary, sociological, and psychological perspectives of human sexuality. This unit provides you with the opportunity to take an objective look at this field to further understand the foundation of today’s perspectives.
It is important that those who research human sexuality study the dynamics of human sexual processes, rather than simply learning and generalizing from experience. The information presented in this unit will increase your understanding of the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of sexual behavior. It is also important for you to understand the systematic methods of gathering evidence provided by the scientific method of research. Operational definitions are essential to the scientific method and are significant, because they increase a researcher’s ability to compare and generalize from one study to another.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Explore the evolution of the study of human sexuality.
2. Investigate how the scientific method of research has been applied to sexuality research.
Learning Activities Studies
Use your Understanding Human Sexuality text to complete the following:
• Chapter 1, “Sexuality in Perspective,” pages 1–23.
• Chapter 3, “Sex Research,” pages 43–64.
Use the Library to complete the following:
• Irvine’s 2012 article, “Can’t Ask, Can’t Tell: How Institutional Review Boards Keep Sex in the Closet,” from Contexts, volume 11, issue 2, pages 28–33.
• Southern and Cades’ 2011 article, “Sexuality Counseling: A Professional Specialization Comes of Age,” from The Family Journal, volume 19, issue 3, pages 246–262.
Discussion 1: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Psychosexual Development Across the Life Span
Select three thoughts, ideas, or techniques regarding human psychosexual development across the life span, and describe how these have evolved over the past 100 years. How has this evolution impacted current counseling practices today when dealing with this issue?
Discussion 2: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Researching Psychosexual Development
Describe three reasons researching human psychosexual development across the life span can be difficult. Identify the steps you could take to address each of those reasons to successfully complete your research.