Handbook for Conducting Research on Human Sexuality

1st Edition

Michael W. Wiederman, Bernard E. Whitley, Jr.

Psychology Press
Published September 1, 2001
Reference - 540 Pages
ISBN 9780805841497 - CAT# ER6100

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Summary

Human sexuality researchers often find themselves faced with questions that entail conceptual, methodological, or ethical issues for which their professional training or prior experience may not have prepared them. The goal of this handbook is to provide that guidance to students and professionals interested in the empirical study of human sexuality from behavioral and social scientific perspectives. It provides practical and concrete advice about conducting human sexuality research and addresses issues inherent to both general social scientific and specific human sexuality research.

This comprehensive resource offers a unique multidisciplinary examination of the specific methodological issues inherent in conducting human sexuality research. The methodological techniques and advances that are familiar to researchers trained in one discipline are often unfamiliar to researchers from other disciplines. This book is intended to help enrich the communication between the various disciplines involved in human sexuality research. Each of the 21 self-standing chapters provides an expert overview of a particular area of research methodology from a variety of academic disciplines. It addresses those issues unique to human sexuality research, such as:
* how to measure sexuality variables;
* how to design studies, recruit participants, and collect data;
* how to consider cultural and ethical issues; and
* how to perform and interpret statistical analyses.

This book is intended as a reference tool for researchers and students interested in human sexuality from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, family science, health communication, nursing, medicine, and anthropology.

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