Understanding Sexuality: Perspectives and Challenges of the 21st Century

Oskar Enok and Jokum Rolf (Editors)

Series: Human Sexuality
BISAC: PSY016000

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In this compilation, the authors include a brief discussion of the myths, taboos, tendencies and new human relations that are related to the sexual behavior of elders, since sexual activities are a determinant factor when it comes to one’s satisfaction in life. Additionally, they discuss the physiological changes that are inherent to aging, such as menopause, andropause, and consequently, the medications and hormonal replacement therapies which have been allowing seniors over 60 years of age to prolong their sexual life. This book includes an examination of how sexual minority youth are treated within ministry settings, church atmosphere around LGBT concerns, and factors that impact this atmosphere. Next, the impact of chronic pain on sexual functioning and the psychosocial, pharmacological, and biological variables that determine disability during sexual activity are discussed. The authors examine the effects of chronic pain comorbid conditions on sexual functioning and how pharmacological treatment of pain and its comorbid disorders can impede sexual functioning.

Issues concerning the relations between sexuality, gender and diversity in schools are studied in an effort to promote a democratic culture in schools that properly values diversity, seeing it as a way to develop a sense of community, not as a problem to be solved. The authors share the belief that schools should develop pedagogical strategies adopting, as guiding principle, the promotion of attitudes characterized by the autonomy, responsibility and pleasure in relation to one’s own body and sexuality. Later, the educational institution climate is explored, as well as interest, knowledge, and experiences of youth ministry educators in relation to sexual minority youth and sexual identity issues. 54 youth ministry educators completed an online questionnaire that inquired about their perception of the educational institution climate as well as their personal interest, knowledge, and experience with sexual minority youth. Lastly, a paper is presented investigating why the phenomenon of same sex relationships such a difficult concept to understand in African settings and public sentiments towards LGBT individuals among the Shona immigrants in South Africa. The goal of the study was to establish attitudes and level awareness and tolerance of the public towards LGBT individuals. The authors maintain that tolerance and awareness could be improved through neutral discourses and advocacy activities on internet, social media and public forums by significant members of society.

Preface

Chapter 1. Perspectives on Elder’s Health: Sexuality as an Essential Part of Aging
(Giovanna Gaudenci Nardelli, Rodrigo Eurípedes da Silveira, Eliana Maria Gaudenci, Elvira Maria Ventura Filipe, Camila Romato Ribeiro, and Álvaro da Silva Santos, Post-Graduation Program in Health Care, University of the Triângulo Mineiro, Uberaba, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 2. Pastors’ Experiences with and Attitudes toward Persons Who Experience Same-Sex Attraction in the Church
(Mark A. Yarhouse, Olya Zaporozhets, Shane Ferrell, Justin Sides, Emma Bucher, and Gary Barnes, Regent University, Virginia Beach,Virginia, USA, and others)

Chapter 3. Sexuality and Chronic Pain
(Kathleen Dorado, Christina McDonnell, Robert R. Edwards, and Asimina Lazaridou, Department of Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA)

Chapter 4. Sexuality, Gender and Diversity in Schools: Different Voices
(Luciana Dantas de Paula, João Mendes Gomes Brasil de Holanda, Ana Luiza Cruz Sá Barreto, and Ana Flávia do Amaral Madureira, Curso de Graduação em Psicologia, Centro Universitário de Brasília (UniCEUB), Brasília, Brazil, and others¬)

Chapter 5. Youth Ministry Educators: A Survey of Interest, Knowledge, and Experiences with Sexual Minorities and Institutional Climate
(Mark A. Yarhouse, Emma K. Bucher, Olya Zaporozhets, Tranese Morgan, and Barrett McRay, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, and others)

Chapter 6. Why Homosexuality Is a Difficult Concept to Understand in African Settings
(Farai Chinangure, Teacher Development, Mfundo Development Foundation and Da Vinci Institute, Sasolburg, Republic of South Africa)

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