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The Psychology of Sex and Gender

The Psychology of Sex and Gender

February 2018 | 640 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Psychology of Sex and Gender meets the needs of gender science today, providing students with fresh, contemporary examples, balanced coverage of men and women, and a grounding in psychological science. The dynamic author team of Jennifer K. Bosson, Joseph A. Vandello, and Camille E. Buckner presents classic and cutting-edge research findings, historical contexts, examples from popular culture, cross-cultural universality and variation, and coverage of nonbinary identities, for a full, vibrant picture of the field. In keeping with the growing scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), the authors ask students in every chapter to identify and evaluate their own myths and misconceptions, participate in real-world debates on topics at the forefront of the field, and stop to think critically along the way. Students will be talking about this book long after they finish the course, carrying new skills forward into their lives and future careers.     

About the Authors
Chapter 1 Introducing Sex and Gender
How Do We Explain Central Concepts in the Psychology of Sex and Gender?

What Makes Sex and Gender So Complicated?

How Have Gender Movements Shaped History?

About This Book

Chapter 2 Studying Sex and Gender
What Is the Meaning of Difference?

What Is Science?

What Are the Primary Methods Used in Sex and Gender Research?

What Do Meta-Analyses and Effect Sizes Tell Us About Sex Differences?

What Are Some Biases Common in Sex and Gender Research?

How Do We Address the Challenges in Sex and Gender Research?

Chapter 3 The Nature and Nurture of Sex and Gender
Nature Versus Nurture or Nature and Nurture?

How Do Nature and Nurture Shape Sex Differentiation?

How Do Nature and Nurture Shape Sex Assignment and Gender Identity?

What Do Sex Differences in Brain Structure Reveal?

How Do Theories of Sex Differences Account for Nature and Nurture?

Chapter 4 Gender Development
How Central Are Sex and Gender in Early Development?

What Are the Major Theoretical Approaches to Gender Development?

What Are the Experiences of Gender- Nonconforming Children?

How Do Sex and Gender Shape Development in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood?

How Do Sex and Gender Shape Development in Middle and Late Adulthood?

Chapter 5 The Contents and Origins of Gender Stereotypes
What Are the Contents and Structure of Gender Stereotypes?

What Are Some Consequences of Gender Stereotyping?

Where Do Gender Stereotypes Come From?

Are Gender Stereotypes Accurate?

So How Universal Are Gender Stereotypes, Really?

Chapter 6 Power, Sexism, and Discrimination
How Do Power and Privilege Relate to Sex and Gender?

What Is Sexism, and Why Does It Persist?

What Is Gender Discrimination?

How Can We Resist and Reduce Gender Discrimination?

Chapter 7 Cognitive Abilities and Aptitudes
What Is Cognitive Ability?

What Are the Sex Differences and Similarities in Cognitive Abilities?

How Do Individual Differences and Context Influence Cognitive Performance?

How Do Sex and Gender Matter in Educational Systems and STEM Fields?

Chapter 8 Language, Communication, and Emotion
How Does Gender-Related Language Influence Social Perception?

What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Verbal Communication?

What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Nonverbal Communication?

How Do Sex and Gender Shape the Experience, Expression, and Identification of Emotions?

Chapter 9 Sexual Orientation and Sexuality
How Do Understandings of Sexuality and Sexual Orientation Differ Across Time and Culture?

What Is Sexual Orientation?

How Does Sexual Orientation Develop?

Why Do People Differ in Sexual Orientation?

How Do Sex and Gender Contribute to the Experience of Sexuality?

How Does Sexuality Change Over the Life Course?

Chapter 10 Interpersonal Relationships
What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Social Networks and Friendships?

What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Interpersonal Attraction?

What Is the Nature of Marriage—Past and Present?

What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Committed Relationships?

What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Parenting and Family Relationships?

Chapter 11 Work and Home
How Have Work and Home Labor Divisions Changed?

How Do People Divide Housework and Childcare at Home?

How Does Gender Operate in the Workplace?

How Can We Explain the Gender Wage Gap?

How Do Work and Family Roles Interact?

Chapter 12 Gender and Physical Health
How Have Understandings of Health and Longevity Changed Over Time?

How Do Biological Factors Shape Sex Differences in Health?

How Do Social Factors Contribute to Sex Disparities in Health?

How Do Multiple Systems of Discrimination Shape Health and Health Care?

How Has Reproductive Health Been Medicalized?

Chapter 13 Gender and Psychological Health
How Are Mental Illnesses Defined, Classified, and Conceptualized?

What Factors Contribute to Sex Differences in Internalizing Disorders?

What Factors Contribute to Sex Differences in Externalizing Disorders?

What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Eating and Body Image Disorders?

How Do Sexual and Gender Minority Statuses Relate to Mental Health?

What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Mental Health Help-Seeking?

What Roles Do Sex and Gender Play in Happiness and Well-Being?

Chapter 14 Aggression and Violence
Are There Sex Differences in Aggression?

What Are the Major Forms of Gender-Based Aggression and Violence?

What Explains Gender-Based Aggression and Violence?

What Is the Relationship Between Pornography and Sexual Aggression?



Student Study Site
  • Gender In the News exercises connect core content from the book to real-world issues and invite students to think critically and participate in individual or group activities to further their understanding.
  • Video and multimedia resources appeal to diverse learners.
Instructor Resource Site
  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter to effectively assess student progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation.
  • Sample course syllabi suggest models for structuring one’s course.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help prepare for lectures and class discussions.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interactions by prompting students to engage with the material. 
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class activities can be used to reinforce active learning.

"I believe this book has the potential to be the best book out there on the market that attempts to capture the complexity and reality of gender in people's lives."

Stacy L. Williams
East Tennessee State University

"The authors have done great job in presenting information in ways that are not combative or off-putting for students. "

Iva Katzarska-Miller
Transylvania University

"I thought the chapters were easy reads with current research that will engage my students."

Jonathan R. Weaver
Michigan State University

"I really do not think there is a text that provides similarly balanced coverage of gender issues."

Shawn R. Charlton
University of Central Arkansas
Key features
  • An emphasis on diversity weaved into the text rather than in separate boxed features shows students that the psychology of sex and gender is about everyone, not just those who occupy mainstream or privileged social groups.
  • Pedagogical tools based on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) allow students to transfer knowledge gained beyond the end of the learning spectrum.

o    Text concepts illustrated with popular culture examples capture and hold student interest and prompt them to connect the material to what they already know.

o    Short Test Your Knowledge quizzes at the beginning of chapters prompt students to engage in metacognition about their knowledge, perspectives, and assumptions; answers appear at the end of chapters.

o    Thematic content is weaved throughout the text to help students organize new material in deeper and more meaningful associative networks that span across different chapters.

o    Application of knowledge to other course material, current events, and personal experiences is encouraged to deepen the level of student understanding and retention.

  • Chapter-opening Learning Objectives aligned with SOTL provide students with the concrete actions (describe, analyze, apply) that they will be able to complete after reading each chapter to demonstrate mastery of the material.
  • Journey of Research features examine the colorful histories of topics from a scholarly perspective over time to demonstrate that science is a continually evolving process.
  • Stop and Think questions that incorporate all levels of Bloom’s taxonomy prompt students to activate and fine-tune their critical thinking skills.
  • Debates features draw from the many lively disagreements in this field of study to present both sides of an issue in an unbiased way for readers to draw their own informed conclusions.
  • Several attention-capturing sidebars in each chapter offer details about high interest topics or new and exciting research findings.
  • Chapter-ending summaries include recaps of how chapter material met chapter-opening learning objectives.

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