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.
Contents: M.W. Wiederman, B.E. Whitley, Jr., A Preview: The Unique Nature of Sexuality Research. Part I:Foundations of Research. D.L. Weis, The Need to Integrate Sexual Theory and Research. M.W. Wiederman, Reliability and Validity of Measurement. B.E. Whitley, Jr., Validity in Research. Part II:Data Collection. M.P. Dunne, Sampling Considerations. M.M. Moore, Behavioral Observation. E. Janssen, Psychophysiological Measurement of Sexual Arousal. P.Y. Byers, R.A. Zeller, B.D. Byers, Focus Group Methods. P. Okami, Dear Diary: A Useful but Imperfect Method. M.W. Wiederman, Policy Capturing. Part III:Data Analysis. B.E. Whitley, Jr., Group Comparison Research. A. DeMaris, Regression Models. A. DeMaris, Covariance Structure Models. L.M. Carpenter, Analyzing Textual Material. G. Cowan, Content Analysis of Visual Materials. Part IV:Interpreting Results. E.R. Allgeier, Interpreting Research Results. B.E. Whitley, Jr., Integrative Literature Reviewing. Part V:Special Issues. S.G. Frayser, Discovering the Value of Cross-Cultural Research on Human Sexuality. M.R. Stevenson, Conceptualizing Diversity in Sexuality Research. M.W. Wiederman, Institutional Review Boards and Conducting Sexuality Research. P. Okami, Causes and Consequences of a Career in Sexuality Research.