S10+Lecture+24+-+333+-+Development+of+sexuality

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24 – Development of Sexuality April 21 & 23, 2010
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Today Why is sexuality an adolescent issue? Degrees of permissiveness of society Stages of sexual activity Influences on sexual activity Homosexuality Sexual history, STDs, contraception Teen pregnancy
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Why Is Sexuality an Adolescent Issue? After puberty, there are changes in the nature and meaning of sexual behavior Developmental challenges of adolescence 1. accepting one’s changing body, 2. accepting one’s feelings of sexual arousal 3. understanding that sexual activity is voluntary 4. practicing safe sex.
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Society as context Distinction between societies with respect to how sexually permissive they are: 1. Sexually Restrictive Societies 2. Semi-restrictive societies 3. Permissive societies
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How Sexually Permissive Is Contemporary Society? Sexually Restrictive Societies Discontinuous transition Sometimes, separation males and females throughout childhood and adolescence Semi-Restrictive Societies Sexual activity among adolescents frowned on but prohibitions are not consistently enforced Premarital promiscuity is common Permissive Societies Highly continuous transition into sexual activity, begins in childhood Seeking privacy to engage in sex play is approved of by adults
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Sexual Activity During Adolescence Adolescents likely to be serial monogamists Stages of Sexual Activity Autoerotic behavior sexual behavior that is experienced alone By high school, transition to sexual activity involving another person
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Sexual Activity During Adolescence Sexual Intercourse During Adolescence By the end of sophomore year of high school, more than 40% have had heterosexual vaginal intercourse For many girls (~30%), the first sexual experience is not voluntary
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The Timing of Sexual Initiation
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