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Chapter 10 Learning Objectives

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1. Explain how people judge the morality of sexual behavior in U.S. culture with particular reference to demographic variables that are associated with different beliefs. Describe how this has changed over time.


Textbook Reference: Moral Judgments about Sex Depend on Its Context: American Attitudes Have Changed over Time, pp. 283–285


2. Differentiate men and women’s attitudes toward casual sex and discuss how this relates to gay men and heterosexual women who engage in lesbian encounters.


Textbook Reference: Casual Sex Has More Appeal to Men than to Women, pp. 288–293


3. Discuss the social phenomena of “hooking up,” including its variants, prevalence, and relationship to sexual orientation, and possible explanations for its recent emergence on American campuses.


Textbook Reference: Casual Sex Has More Appeal to Men than to Women, pp. 288–293


4. Provide an overview of dating relationships by both heterosexual and homosexual couples.


Textbook Reference: Dating Relationships Are Often Short-Lived, pp. 294–296


5. Provide a review of the various forms of love that have been described, attempts to quantify love in several dimensions, and some clues about the neurobiological bases of love.


Textbook Reference: Love Cements Many Sexual Relationships, pp. 296–303


6. Describe the psychological processes in play in the case of unrequited love, both from the perspective of the unsuccessful suitor and that of the rejector.


Textbook Reference: Unrequited Love Is Painful for Both Parties, pp. 303–305


7. Explain how adult romantic relationships are influenced by attachment styles to caregivers in childhood.


Textbook Reference: Life Experiences Mold Our Sexual Relationships, pp. 305–306


8. Review the relationship patterns, therapies, and strategies that are known to correlate with successful long-term relationships.


Textbook Reference: Communication Is a Key Factor in the Success of Relationships, pp. 307–310


9. Describe the relationship between jealousy and infidelity and discuss the sex differences and possible evolved mechanisms that may account for jealousy.


Textbook Reference: Love, Jealousy, and Infidelity Are Intertwined, pp. 311–313


10. Describe the different styles and factors that might motivate people to engage in extra-pair relationships and discuss how the Internet can be used to facilitate such relationships.


Textbook Reference: Extra-Pair Relationships Have Many Styles and Motivations, pp. 313–315


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