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Chapter 6 sexuality 1. exploring adolescent sexuality a normal aspect of adolescent development Too often the problems adolescents encounter with sexuality are emphasized rather than the fact that sexuality is a normal aspect of adolescent development Adolescence is a bridge between the asexual child and the sexual adult Adolescent sexuality is related to many other aspects of adolescent development including: o Physical development and puberty o Cognitive development o The self and identity o Gender o Families o Peers o School o Culture The sexual culture Increased permissiveness in adolescent sexuality is linked to increased permissiveness in the larger culture Adolescent initiation of sexual intercourse is related to exposure to explicit sex on TV Developing a sexual identity Developing a sexual identity is multifaceted An adolescent’s sexual identity involves an indication of sexual orientation, interests and style of behavior Obtaining research information about adolescent sexuality Obtaining valid information about adolescent sexuality is not easy Much of the data are based on interviews and questionnaires which can involves untruthful or socially desirable responses 2.Sexual attitudes and behavior heterosexual attitudes and behavior The progression of sexual behaviors is typically kissing, petting, sexual intercourse, and oral sex The number of adolescents who reported having had sexual intercourse increased significantly in the twentieth century The proportion of females engaging in intercourse increased more rapidly than that of males National data indicate that slightly more than half of all adolescents today have had sexual intercourse by age 17 although the percentage varies by sex, ethnicity, and context Male, African American and inner-city adolescents report the highest rates of sexual activity The percentage of 15-to 17-year-olds who have had sexual intercourse has declined between 1991 and 2001
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A common adolescent sexual script involves the male making sexual advances and it is left up to the females to set limits on the male’s sexual overtures.
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