Discovering Human Sexuality 4e Chapter 7 Learning Objectives

1. Explain how demographic variables influence attitudes toward sexual behavior in the United States and describe how attitudes have changed over time.

Textbook Reference: Demographic Factors Affect Sexual Attitudes

2. Describe how men and women typically differ in attitudes toward casual sex. Include information about both opposite-sex and same-sex casual encounters.

Textbook Reference: Casual Sex Has More Appeal to Men than to Women

3. Discuss the social phenomenon of “hooking up,” including information about its prevalence, costs, benefits, and relationship to sexual orientation. Consider possible explanations for its recent emergence on American campuses.

Textbook Reference: Casual Sex Has More Appeal to Men than to Women

4. Summarize characteristic flirting behaviors for men and women, and identify differences in flirtation strategies for people seeking casual encounters versus those seeking lasting relationships.

Textbook Reference: Casual Sex Has More Appeal to Men than to Women

5. Provide an overview of non-cohabiting relationships in both heterosexual and homosexual couples, including factors that predict a transition to a cohabiting relationship.

Textbook Reference: Non-Cohabiting Relationships Are Often Short-Lived

6. Describe the multidimensional models of love researchers have developed, and explain the neurobiological bases of love.

Textbook Reference: Love Cements Many Sexual Relationships

7. Describe how childhood attachment to caregivers shapes adult romantic relationships, and explain why people in relationships tend to resemble each other.

Textbook Reference: Life Experiences Mold Our Sexual Relationships

8. Review communication and conflict-resolution strategies linked to successful long-term relationships.

Textbook Reference: Communication Is a Key Factor in the Success of Relationships

9. Describe three forms of jealousy, including information about how evolution may have shaped sex differences in jealousy.

Textbook Reference: Love, Jealousy, and Infidelity Are Intertwined; Extra-Pair Relationships Have Many Styles and Motivations

10. Describe psychological processes at play in unrequited love from the perspective of both the unsuccessful suitor and the rejector.

Textbook Reference: Unrequited Love Is Painful for Both Parties

11. Describe personal and evolutionary motivations for extra-pair relationships.

Textbook Reference: Extra-Pair Relationships Have Many Styles and Motivations

12. Explain the frequency of extra-pair relationships, and discuss how the Internet is being used to facilitate such relationships.

Textbook Reference: Extra-Pair Relationships Have Many Styles and Motivations