Chapter 6 (Santrock) - Chapter 6 Sexuality I. EXPLORING...

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Chapter 6 Sexuality I. EXPLORING ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY A. A Normal Aspect of Adolescent Development § Sexuality is a normal aspect of adolescent development - Sexual exploration - Identity § Factors in adolescent sexuality - Pubertal change - Egocentrism - Identity - Gender roles - Parents, siblings, peers, friends - School - Culture § Negative stereotyping of adolescence § Sexual experimentation in the US B. The Sexual Culture § Media portrayal - Limited, unrealistic, stereotypical - Recreational orientation to sexuality - Women as sexual objects - More exposure, more sexual behavior § Adolescents today - Friends with benefits - Sexting - Exchanging nude or semi-nude pictures - Cell phone C. Developing a Sexual Identity § Learning to manage sexual feelings § Developing new forms of intimacy § Learning the skills to regulate sexual behavior § Physical, social, cultural factors § Sexual orientation D. Obtaining Research Information About Adolescent Sexuality § Level of openness § Overreporting or underreporting § Embarrassment
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II. SEXUAL ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR A. Heterosexual Attitudes and Behavior i. Sequence and Change § Sequence Kiss Petting Sexual intercourse Oral sex § Change More percentage of youth are sexually experienced 80% girls and 70% boys are virgins at age 15 20% are still virgins by age 19 Initial sexual intercourse occurs in the mid- to late- adolescent years § for a majority of teenagers § 8 years before marriage § More than 50% have had sexual intercourse at age 17 More proportion of females are sexually experienced § Oral Sex Increased engagement in oral sex “Oral sex is not really sex.” Casual engagement § Early Maturation Linked with early initiation of sexual activity § Cross-Cultural Comparisons Wide variations in the timing of teenage sexual initiation The culture’s values and customs ii. Sexual Scripts § A stereotyped pattern of role prescriptions for how individuals should sexually behave. § Females and males have been socialized to follow different sexual scripts.
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Females link sex with love § Now breaking free Changed view on female masturbation iii. Risk Factors, Youth Assets, and Sexual Problems § Beginning of sexual activity during adolescence § Risk factors Socioeconomic status Family/parenting Peers § Linked to Low self-regulation § The ability to control one’s emotions and behavior Low academic achievement Alcohol and drug use Not using contraceptives
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2010 for the course PSYC 207 taught by Professor Michelecarter during the Fall '09 term at Tompkins Cortland Community College.

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Chapter 6 (Santrock) - Chapter 6 Sexuality I. EXPLORING...

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