Here is a chart that will tell you when and how kids are sexually curious ... and how to prepare!
- Between 5% to 10% of adolescent males and 6% of females report sexual experiences with someone of the same gender, usually another adolescent.
- Developmental tasks include:
- Resolving conflict of identity and role confusion.
- Establishing gender identity of manhood or womanhood, or conflict about gender roles.
- Developing a sense of stable self.
- Managing physical and emotional intimacy in relationships
- Girls need additional guidance on the development of purpose/power/voice
- Boys need additional guidance on the development of their emotional intelligence and relational skills
- More physiological changes – growth in genitals and breasts, facial and pubic hair.
- Increased desire to relate to romantic partner sexually.
- Research on the hook-up culture suggests it can lead to disillusionment in romantic partnership and lasting love
- There is no way to predict how a particular teenager will act sexually. Most adolescents explore relationships with one another, fall in and out of love, and participate in sexual intercourse before the age of 20.
- Adolescents report less sexual communication growing up than parents thought they did.
- Adolescents who have parents that are open to talk and listen about sexual issues describe being closer to their parents overall.
- Young adults typically experience the greatest number of different partners in their 20s.
- During this period the risk for contracting STDs is highest, and the need to practice safe sex paramount.
- There is increased desire for intimacy however the current cultural pace of life leaves limited time for relationship complexity.
- Young adults are tending to marry later in urban areas – 28 males; 26 females