CHAPTER 6: SEXUALITY
Sexuality represents an integral component of development. Too often adolescents are negatively
stereotyped, but sexual development is a normal part of adolescent development. With both
________ and ________ , adolescents are compelled to establish a ________ identity.
Adolescent sexuality becomes the ________ of ________ for youths through ________ ,
________ , and ________ development. The ________ approach to sexuality reflects a double
________ . Sexual ________ and sexual ________ has been permitted for ________ , but the
same has been ________ to ________ .
Parents often ________ the level of ________ activity in their teens, perhaps because they don’t
want to ________ about it. Conversely, Teens ________ their ________ , especially their
mother’s ________ of such behavior. With increased sexual ________ in the larger culture, there
has been an increased ________ in ________ sexuality. Although the greatest ________ has
occurred in ________ attitudes, ________ continue to have a more ________ view of sex and
________ are more likely to view sex as part of ________ relationship. So, for ________ sex is an
expression of ________ and ________ .
For both sexes, ________ and ________ now involves less ________ for the future. This
________ allows teens to ________ in sexual behavior ________ in relationships and at an
During adolescence, sexual behavior follows the ________ kissing, petting, intercourse, and oral
sex. Currently, researchers are finding that adolescents are ________ until they are ________ to
have sexual ________ . However this varies by ________ , for example __ % of males living in
the ________ city and in low ____ communities report having had ________ by age ___. Early
________ is also linked to early sexual activity. ________ are more likely than ________ to say
they are sexually ________ and to say that it is an ________ experience. Also some cultures
actively ________ sexual ________ , others advocate ________ sexual contact until ________ .
Among ________ , ________ report first intercourse as earlier than other ethnic groups. A study
among teens in ________ area found that ________ males experience first sexual intercourse at a
median age of ___ , white males ___ , Latino males, ___ and Asian American males at ___ .
Among females, ________ and ________ report first sexual intercourse at ___ years and Latino at
________ both provide a necessary ________ mechanism that supports the ________ aspects of
sexual behavior and intensifies the ________ consequences of sexual behavior (________ ,
________ ), but not necessarily a ________ need for sex.
A sexual ________ is a stereotyped pattern of ________ prescriptions for ________ and ________
indicating how they should ________ sexually. The ________ sexual script links sexual behavior
with ________ and more ________ than ________ say ________ is the reason they are sexually
________ . ________ are more likely to make ________ advances and ________ limit the sexual
________ . A common adolescent sexual ________ involves the ________ being sexually
________ and it being ________ to the ________ to set ________ . Both sexes become more
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________ as their relationship gets ________ . Both sexes believe sexual ________ is more
________ when the couple is in ________ than when dating without ________ . In all stages
________ are more ________ than ________ . ________ expect sexual ________ earlier in the
relationship. Studies also show that ________ are more ________ to engage in sexual behavior
they consider ________ than ________ . ________ almost always believe couples should exercise
________ sex, whereas ________ don’t hold that attitude.
By the end of adolescence the majority of individuals have had sexual intercourse. Adolescents
who have sexual intercourse before the age of ___ are at risk for a number of problems, ________
and ________ . Teens who engage in sexual behavior early are less likely to use ________ , more
________ to become involved with ________ , have lower grades in school, ________ ,
behavioral ________ , ________ , and ________ family relationships.
Behavior practices that have become more ________ or considered ________ , over the last __
years include: ________ , ________ sex, ________ sex, ________ , and ________ . Age, culture,
and religion influence individual acceptance of each type of sexual behavior as well.
The five layers of erotic life, from the deepest layer, sexual identity, to the most surface layer,
sexual performance, clarify normal sexual order and identify sexual disorders and dysfunction.
Sexual identity is defined by ________ and ________ identification. These attributes contribute to
an individual’s deepest layer of normal sexual identity.
Sexual orientation represents the second layer.
Sexual interest is identified as the third layer. ________ toward a type of ________ , ________ of
the body, and ________ in relation to sexual ________ or ________ represent sexual interest.
Sex role, is reflected in the ________ demonstration of ________ or ________ .
Sexual performance, the behavior that the individual demonstrates with the preferred ________
under preferable ________ , represents the fifth level. Normal performance is associated with
________ , ________ , and ________ . The ________ the layer at which ________ occurs, the
more ________ it becomes for the individual to ________
The adolescent experience includes the difficult topic of homosexuality because Gay and lesbian
identity has not been studied extensively in adolescence. Most gay adolescents say they feel
different from other boys as children. The development of a sexual identity process can be
considerably more ________ for gay youth. Because our society ________ homosexuality,
homosexual youth may feel ________ to ________ their sexual identity. Homosexual adolescents
go through ___ stages of sexual identity development. During sensitization, the first stage, the
youth (typically ________ ) has ________ feelings without ________ what these ________ mean.
It is at this time that youth begin to feel ________ from their ________ , although they do not fully
understand ________ or ________ they are ________ . The next stage, identity confusion, usually
occurs during ________ . Now the individual ________ than he or she may be ________ . This is
followed by identity assumption, when the individual ________ out as a ________ . The final
stage is commitment. The individual ________ a homosexual ________ in the ________ stage.
Coleman (1982) has identified five stages of coming out: pre-coming out, coming out, exploration,
first relationship, and identity integration. During the pre-coming out stage individuals ________
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they are ________ than their ________ , but they are not sure ________ . In the coming out
stage, individuals know they have ________ feelings but are not sure of their ________ . In the
exploration stage they begin to ________ with their ________ . During this stage individuals
have to develop ________ skills in order to meet ________ who are ________ . In the first
relationship stage individuals further develop their ________ skills for ________ relationships.
In the identity integration stage individuals ________ their homosexual ________ to include
both their ________ and ________ self. Disclosure of homosexuality typically occurs with
________ , ________ , and finally ________ . Sexual minority youth have smaller ________
networks and ________ more about losing ________ compared to their ________
counterparts. Because homosexuality is ________ , homosexual teenagers may engage in self-
Adolescent ________ and ________ mothers continue to be a serious dilemma in the United States
even though the rate is lower than it was in the ________ . The adolescent pregnancy rate is at
least ___ times the rate in Western European countries. Pregnancy leading to childbirth before age
17 is characterized by ________ risks of pregnant teens; children with ________ problems; infants
with ________ ; children with lower ________ scores; children with more ________ difficulties;
children with more ________ ; mothers ________ out of ________ ; mothers and infants living in
________ ; only __ percent of mothers complete ________ by age __ and only __ percent of
adolescent fathers remain ________ .
Forcible sexual behavior and sexual harassment are unfortunate byproducts of our ________
culture. Four issues that are recognized as highly destructive to the individual involved and to
society as a whole are 1) rape, forced, ________ sexual ________ ; 2)date and acquaintance rape,
________ sexual activity with a known ________ ; 3)quid pro quo sexual harassment, ________
sexual ________ in exchange for ________ from negative ________ ; 4) hostile environmental
sexual harassment, forced sexual ________ that ________ influences ________ .
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