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Gender and Sexuality Development

Contemporary Theory and Research

  • Covers topics in both gender and sexuality

  • Comprehensive range of topics

  • A complete treatment of gender and sexuality development is achieved by incorporating interdisciplinary perspectives

  • Contributions from leading researchers

  • Balance between traditional and emerging areas of study

Part of the book series: Focus on Sexuality Research (FOSR)

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Measuring Sex Differences and Similarities

    • Marco Del Giudice
    Pages 1-38
  3. Biological Approaches to Studying Gender Development

    • Vickie Pasterski, Dimitris Bibonas
    Pages 73-99
  4. Social Influences on Gender Development: Theory and Context

    • Emily F. Coyle, Megan Fulcher
    Pages 101-124
  5. Contemporary Cognitive Approaches to Gender Development: New Schemas, New Directions, and New Conceptualizations of Gender

    • Rachel E. Cook, Carol Lynn Martin, Matthew G. Nielson, Sonya Xinyue Xiao
    Pages 125-157
  6. Family Gender Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence

    • Olivenne D. Skinner, Susan M. McHale
    Pages 233-253
  7. Gender Stereotypes and Education

    • Lin Bian
    Pages 255-275
  8. Gender-Based Discrimination in Childhood and Adolescence

    • Christia Spears Brown, Michelle J. Tam
    Pages 277-299
  9. Gender and Sexuality in Disorders/Differences of Sex Development

    • Baudewijntje P. C. Kreukels, Tim C. van de Grift
    Pages 301-322
  10. Sexual Pleasure in Adolescence: A Developmental Sexual Embodiment Perspective

    • J. Dennis Fortenberry, Devon J. Hensel
    Pages 357-384
  11. Pornography Use in Adolescence and Young Adulthood

    • Aleksandar Å tulhofer, Taylor Kohut, Goran Koletić
    Pages 385-421
  12. Carving the Biodevelopment of Same-Sex Sexual Orientation at Its Joints

    • Doug P. VanderLaan, Malvina N. Skorska, Diana E. Peragine, Lindsay A. Coome
    Pages 491-537
  13. Mental Health Among LGBT Youth

    • Sophia Choukas-Bradley, Brian C. Thoma
    Pages 539-565
  14. Asexuality: When Sexual Attraction Is Lacking

    • Lori A. Brotto, Sonia Milani
    Pages 567-587

About this book

This book showcases a wealth of knowledge and insight on gender and sexuality development. With contributions from leading researchers, it covers a comprehensive set of topics at the forefront of the field and strikes a balance between traditional and emerging areas of study. Given that gender and sexuality are shaped by myriad influences, this book is modelled on an interdisciplinary perspective and delves into biological, comparative, psychological, cognitive, social, cultural, and clinical approaches. In so doing, this collection conveys the rich tapestry of gender and sexuality science and will hold value for many. For those already in the field, this book provides an excellent resource for brushing up on the latest and for inspiring the next phases of scientific investigation. Those who are newer to the field, including undergraduate and graduate students, stand to gain tremendously from not only the thoughtful and informative content, but also from the interdisciplinary approach modelled throughout the book. Beyond academia, this book is a valuable resource for clinicians and policy makers who deal with child and adolescent issues.


  • gender
  • sexuality
  • development
  • gender variance
  • gender nonconformity
  • gender dysphoria
  • disorders of sex development
  • sexual orientation
  • LGBT
  • hypersexuality
  • childhood sexual abuse
  • adolescent sexuality
  • sex hormones
  • pornography use
  • gender cognition
  • gender discrimination
  • gender transition
  • pedophilia
  • gender segregation
  • gender stereotyping

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Canada

    Doug P. VanderLaan

  • Gender Studies Programme and Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    Wang Ivy Wong

About the editors

Dr. Doug P. VanderLaan is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Collaborator Scientist in Child and Youth Psychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His research examines within-sex variation in sexual orientation and gender expression development from a biopsychosocial perspective.

Dr. Wang Ivy Wong is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Principal Investigator of the Gender Development Laboratory. Her research focuses on gender development and social cognition across the life span. She is interested in the social, cognitive, and biological foundations and consequences of gendered behavior and social interactions, and the expression and consequences of these issues in daily life.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Gender and Sexuality Development

  • Book Subtitle: Contemporary Theory and Research

  • Editors: Doug P. VanderLaan, Wang Ivy Wong

  • Series Title: Focus on Sexuality Research

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-84272-7Published: 31 August 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-84275-8Due: 14 September 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-84273-4Published: 30 August 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2195-2264

  • Series E-ISSN: 2195-2272

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIII, 636

  • Number of Illustrations: 21 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Behavioral Neuroscience, Gender Studies

Buying options

eBook USD 229.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-84273-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 299.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)