8 Sexuality Adulthood Development

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Development of Sexuality across Development of Sexuality across the Lifespan: the Lifespan: The adult The adult
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Emerging Adulthood (18-25)
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Challenges of Early Adulthood Establishing sexual orientation Integrating love and sex Forging intimacy and making  commitments Making fertility/childbearing decisions Practicing safer sex to protect against  STIs Evolving a sexual philosophy
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Young Adulthood ( 26-39) For heterosexual men  and women- relatively  long-lasting  monogamy is the  norm Increased number of   unintended  pregnancies Rise in number  single-parent families
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Sexual Activity Generally different  from younger and  older adults 90% sexually  experienced, having  sex  regularly. Most have had  multiple partners.
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Being Single Large increase in the number of unmarried  adults Never married, widowed, divorced Mostly result of people marrying later Leads to…. .
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Singles World More sexual partners
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Being Single Becomes More difficult to meet other  singles Bars, clubs, religious groups, internet  ways to meet
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Gay Singles Urban gay male  culture of 70s   emphasized sexuality Most gay men had at  least one exclusive  relationship  Williams, 1974) Those “in closet”  more likely to avoid  attachments
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Lesbian Community More moderate and  diverse than  in prior  years Lesbian mothers Socialization as  women- other issues  than just sexual  identity
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Cohabitation In 2000, more than 3  million unmarried  couples ( 3.7%) of  unmarried adult  population cohabiting Contrast with 400,000  unmarried couples in  1960 Serial monogamy
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2011 for the course PSYCH 170 taught by Professor Harding during the Fall '09 term at CUNY Hunter.

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