SEX AND THE COLLEGE STUDENT by Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry


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College students are asserting with increasing militancy their right to privacy and self determination in matters pertaining to their own sexual activity,"" reports the GAP Committee on the College Student. GAP was formed in 1946 with a program in mind: to collect and appraise significant data in the field of psychiatry, mental health and human relations; to re-evaluate old concepts, and develop and test good human relations. The present study, a result of the clinical and administrative experience of nine psychiatrists and three consultants, is a sane, straight look at the current position of the college student on sex, essentially psychiatric in context but also aware of the sociological implications of the situation. Orientation consists of a thorough summarization of psychosexual development from childhood through late adolescence. Sexual issues on campus are dealt with soundly rather than summarily, with insight and assessment: heterosexual behavior, contraception, pregnancy and abortion; homosexual behavior and sexual deviations; ""silent problems,"" faculty-student relationships and sex education. College policy and campus regulations as regards sexual conduct are reviewed, and a case made for a stance somewhere between the permissive, with its lack of recognition of the need for external controls, and the prudish, with its complete reliance upon them. This is the kind of book that encourages clear thinking in a confused area, and it should be read by parents and teachers alike.

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1966
Publisher: Atheneum