Sex Interests And Sex Behavior During Adolescence, and Risk
Because of their growing interest in sex, adolescent boys and girls seek more information about it. Few adolescents feel that they can learn all they want to know about sex from their parents. Consequently they take advantage of whatever sources of information are available to them- sex hygiene course, books on sex, or experimentation through masturbation, patting, or intercourse. By the end of adolescence, most boys and girls have enough information about sex to satisfy their curiosity.
Development of Heterosexuality
There are two separate and distinct elements in the development of heterosexuality. The first is the development of patterns of behavior involving members of two sexes and the second is the development of attitudes relating to relationships between members of two sexes.
It was not, for example, considered proper for boys to kiss girls on their first dates. When girls permitted or encouraged this, boys often regarded them as " easy marks " - a label that did not encourage them to consider the girls seriously as future mates.
similarly, there were socially approved attitudes both boys and girls were expected to have toward members of the opposite sex and toward their relationships with each other. These attitudes were colored by unrealism and were highly romanticized.
New attitudes toward sexual behavior
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Approved Sex Roles During Adolescence
Effects of sex- role typing on adolescents
sex-role typing affects the behavior and attitudes of both male and female adolescents but in different ways. Of the many effects, four are so common that they are almost universal in the American culture of today, They are as follows.
- Feelings of Masculine Superiority
- Sex Bias
- Fear of Success
The majority of older adolescents in North America are sexually active, yet many do not take appropriate precautions to prevent pregnancy or the spread of sexually transmitted infections. It is clear that sexual (including sexual intercourse) is common among today's adolescent and many of the behaviors that they engage in put them at risk for contracting STIs (sexually transmitted infections) and experiencing unwanted pregnancy.
Developing a sexual self-concept is an important developmental step during adolescence. This is when adolescents try to make sense and organize their sexual experiences. So that they understand the structures and underlying motivations for their sexual behavior. The sexual self-concept helps adolescents organize their past experiences , but also gives them information to draw on for their, current and future sexual thoughts and experiences. Sexual self-concept affects sexual behavior for both men and women.