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Sexuality in Childhood , Adolescence, & Early Adulthood Chapters 6 &7Lecture NotesMain Topics
Lecture NotesSexuality weaves its way through our lives and our views and behaviors change asour life paths and experiences do. Thus sexuality education is essential to equipindividuals to make informed choices about sexual initiation, behaviors, andrelationships. Opportunities to address sexual issues arise throughout childhood andadolescence. Adults should utilize these opportunities to facilitate discussion aboutsex. However, adolescence and early adulthood are often times of curiosity andexperimentation, mixed with peer pressure and the desires to belong and to beloved. As we enter adulthood, with greater experience and understanding, wedevelop a potentially mature sexuality. We establish our sexual orientation, integratelove and sexuality, forge intimate connections and make commitments, makedecisions regarding our fertility, and develop coherent sexual philosophies.Sexuality in Childhood and Adolescence (Chapter 6)
Lecture NotesFrom birth, we are rich in sexual and erotic potential, which begins to take shape inour sexual curiosity and experimentations in childhood. As children, we are onlypartly formed, but the world around us helps shape our sexuality. We will examineboth physical development and psychosexual development. Psychosexualdevelopment involves the psychological aspects of sexuality.Our understanding of infant sexuality is based on observation and inference. It isobvious that babies derive sensual pleasure from stroking, cuddling, bathing, andother tactile stimulation.The young child's healthy psychosexual development lays the foundation for furtherstages of growth. Psychosexual maturity, including the ability to love, begins todevelop in infancy, when babies are lovingly touched all over their bodies.Infancy and Sexual Response (Ages 0 to 2)
Lecture NotesThe body actually begins its first sexual response in utero. Sonograms have shownthat boys have erections. This begins a pattern of erections that will occur throughouttheir lives. Signs of sexual arousal in girls, though less easily detected, begin soonafter birth and include vaginal lubrication and genital swelling.In some cases, both male and female infants have been observed experiencing whatappears to be an orgasm. Obviously, an infant is unable to differentiate sexualpleasure from other types of enjoyment, so viewing these as sexual responses areadult interpretations of these normal reflexes and do not necessarily signify theinfant's desire or interest. What it does reveal is that the capacity for sexual responseis present soon after conception.Image from McGraw Hill Image LibraryChildhood Sexuality (Ages 3 to 11)
Lecture NotesChildren become aware of sex and sexuality much earlier than many people realize.
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