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Risk Taking Sexuality of Adolescent Term Paper

… Risk-Taking Sexuality of Adolescents


A study conducted among 15-16-year-olds pupils in secondary schools in South Wales in 1993 showed that peer pressure led them to engage in sex, more strongly on males than females (Mellanby et al., 1993). It involved a representative sample consisting of 266 boys and 250 girls. Of this number, 37 or 14% of boys and 10 or 4% of girls came under peer pressure to have sex. About 34 or 13% of the boys and 56 or 22% of the girls surveyed were already in stable relationships and likely to be indulging in sex between themselves. Most of them preferred to obtain contraceptives from vending machines rather than the school nurse. This practice indicated that they wanted…. [read more]

Adolescent Childbearing in Africa Term Paper

… Adolescent Childbearing in Africa

Adolescent sexual and reproductive behavior in Africa

It is abundantly obvious to researches and laypeople alike that AIDS is a huge risk associated with adolescent sexual activity in sub-Saharan Africa. However, the negative sequelae of adolescent childbearing in the same region is of particular concern as well. Although the act of becoming pregnant is even easier to understand than is getting AIDS, as Kiragu and Zabin point out, "within any given society, the issue of adolescent fertility is rarely monolithic. In fact, the complexity of its consequences is often underscored by the contrast between two or more different aspects of the problem that exist within a single society; each may have serious consequences but often very different implications for intervention" (1998,…. [read more]

Adolescents Undergo Different Changes Essay

… The questions are also important in development of these theories. The theories give parents a better understanding about adolescents hence; they can handle adolescents in a better way while dealing with different situations.

The theories explain that changes occur as a result of genetic and biological characteristics and poor socialization. These changes sometimes occur as a result of inadequate internalization of society's regulatory norms. Questions examine anti-social behavior and normal behavior, and then they are all analyzed according to subjects and lifestyles within the adolescent period. This analysis identifies the main risks, and protective factors to be taken.


Adolescents should be informed that they are responsible for their own care. This is because sometimes adolescents feel overwhelmed by the changes occurring in their bodies.…. [read more]

Risk of Premature Sexual Activity Essay

… The next key issue explored by the article with relation to adolescent sex is the risk of pregnancy and its ensuing complications, such as paternal abandonment of the child and relationship, lack of prenatal responsibility, and abortion. Ikemoto goes over the many ways in which pregnancy can complicate the life of a teenager and how teenagers can find themselves unprepared and ill-equipped to handle a child.

The last question looked at by the survey of research is why teenagers are engaging in sex at an increased rate at this point in history. The author finds that a desire to "gain acceptance in their social groups" and "love famine" caused by the breakdown of families of origin are partially to blame (Ikemoto 4). He also points…. [read more]

Child Abuse and Sexuality Research Paper

… , 2001; Parsons et al., 2005).

CSA, when compared to other men who have not been a victim of this abuse, exhibit a few sexual behaviors which include: greater amount of sex partners, sexual promiscuity, compulsive sexual behavior and an earlier sexual debut. A few studies highlighted the fact that men who have been a victim of CSA and showed sexual preference for other men had a greater chance of being inflicted with the HIV infection (Paul et al., 2001). Furthermore, increasing amount of studies have gone on to highlight that such men are likely to carry out practices, such as unprotected anal sex, that would enhance the transfer of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), especially HIV (Kalichman et al., 2001; O'Leary, Purcell, Gomez, Remien, &…. [read more]

Health and Human Sexuality Term Paper

… Most human development models correctly identify that the family is the primary matrix of identity formation. Research in almost every field has validated that the positive or negative adaptation of the individual is first and foremost created by the relationships within the family. In the case of self-esteem, we know, and understand that specific actions in the family build positive self-esteem, or harm the creation of the same. In the area of physical health similar nutritional variables have been identified, and no one argues about the existence of positive and negative physical growth curves. The same developmental assumptions should be applied to gender identity formation, and Elizur and Ziv give evidence for the needed change.

According to the authors, as GLB youth grow up, the…. [read more]

Adolescents Aspects of Adolescent Development Term Paper

… Teenagers should always feel as though they have adults who are looking out for their best interests, supporting them rather than controlling them.

Certain parenting styles have been shown to be particularly productive with regard to adolescent identity development. Specifically, authoritative mothering is linked to elevated levels of self-esteem, life satisfaction, and decreased rates of depression (Milevsky et al., 2007). Accordingly, mothers should make sure that they impress upon their adolescent proper behavior and societal values, and not be overly lenient. Parenting that is more heavily dominated by the father can be productive although this is less often the case.

It has also been shown that adults can assist adolescents in identity development by engaging them in constructing narratives of their life. By constructing their…. [read more]

Adolescent Development Thirteen Term Paper

… "In its mild form, depression is probably the most common psychological disturbance among adolescents," Steinberg writes (511). Sadness alone, he continues, is not a cause for deep depression; in fact (512), "more than half of all adolescents occasionally feel sad and hopeless," and over a third of adolescents believe they "having nothing to look forward to."

But meantime, while only 3% of adolescents meet the definition of "clinical depression," 15% of American tenth-graders "attempted suicide in 1987" (513). Was Tracy's deep self-administered cut a prelude to a later attempt at suicide? Not in this case, because the movie doesn't end that way, but on page 514, Steinberg writes that suicides "are rarely impulsive reactions to immediate distress," such as a break-up with a boyfriend or…. [read more]

Gender and Sexuality in Juno Research Paper

… Sexuality in Juno

Pregnancy, Loss, and Adoption:

An Analysis of Juno

A woman is subjected to many difficulties throughout her life. Sometimes, these are much tougher than any faced by a man, yet it is in such struggle that a woman finds her strength. Perhaps one of the most difficult things for a woman to endure is the loss of a baby, whether through natural or induced causes. Perhaps it is a bit crude to say loss of a pregnancy through natural causes, for this does not necessarily mean the literal loss of a pregnancy, at least not in the scope of what concerns this study. In fact, 'loss' here will be utilized in a metaphorical, yet very real sense. In other words, this can…. [read more]

Adolescent Sexuality Thesis

… Adolescent Sexuality

Adolescence is a time of change, physically, emotionally and mentally for young people. They are making a transition from their role of child, to their role of young adolescence when they will be empowered with more freedom and decision making in their lives. The stages of adolescence can be viewed in three stages: early adolescence, between the ages of 8 and 13 for girls; 11 to 15 for boys. The second stage, middle adolescence, occurs between the ages of 13 to 16 for girls; 14 to 17 for boys; and the third stage, late adolescence, between the ages of 16 and up for girls, and 17 and up for boys (Brown, Jane D., Steele, Jeanne R., and Walsh-Childers, Kim, 2002, p. 2). These…. [read more]

HIV and STD Behavior Interventional Strategies for Adolescents and Youths Term Paper

… HIV and STD Behavior Interventional Strategies for Adolescents and Youths

Teenage sex has been viewed as a social problem for some time, but the spread of HIV / AIDS in society has increased fears of what can happen if young people have unprotected sex. The prevalence of HIV among young people has been increasing, with some populations seen as more vulnerable than others, such as homeless youth and black and Hispanic youth. Programs have been developed to educate these young people, and studies of how effective such programs can be have been undertaken to see if they do work and to improve them if they do not.

Many researchers focus on family influences on adolescent sexual behavior, and communication between parents and their children about…. [read more]

Adolescent Growth and Development Term Paper

… Adolescent Growth and Development

Huebner, Angela. (2000, Mar). Adolescent Growth and Development. 350-850.

Angela Huebner's article "Adolescent Growth and Development" provides a basic overview of the physical and psychological challenges presented by puberty for the adolescent and for individuals in charge of teaching and mentoring the adolescent, like teachers and parents. Huebner provides important reminders that some of the frustrating aspects of adolescence (from the point-of-view of an adult) like an increased demand for sleep, clumsiness, and moodiness have their roots in physical causes, and are normal, not the result of laziness or deliberate defiance on the part of the teen. However, the author does also warn of abnormal development that can occur as the result of the inner turmoil caused by adolescent biological changes,…. [read more]

Cybersex Schneider A) Quotes Research Paper

… Internet addicts, whom Young compared to pathological gamblers, tend to seek sexual and relational fulfillment through fantasy-oriented Internet encounters." (p.136) This is important because it gets at the heart of the confusion -- that, to a certain degree, what is addictive in cybersex is the element of fantasy, and the potential of high-speed Internet to make such fantasies easily acted upon. For Schwartz and Southern (2000), the "fantasy world of cybersex is a dissociative experience in which a person escapes the demands of daily life, as well as the pain and shame of past trauma."(p.127). Obviously many normal activities can be seen as pathological when done compulsively; in terms of cybersex, Grov, Gillespie et al. (2011) suggest a time indicator of compulsivity, defining "compulsive cybersex…. [read more]

Adolescent Influences and Adjustments Term Paper

… Adolescent Influences and Adjustments

What are the influences in the lives of adolescents that have a direct impact on how they behave, how they see the world and how they interact within their home, school, and community environments? Which influences - of the many they encounter - have the most dramatic effect on adolescents? Why?

Among the many influences that are perhaps not discussed as thoroughly as need be are violent media - in particular, violent video games. It is not breaking any new ground to point out that many television shows and movies that adolescents are free to watch have multiple murders, misogynistic aggression, beatings, stabbings, shootings and other forms of violent behavior. Studies show that by the time a boy is in his…. [read more]

Adolescent Substance Use Screening Instruments Term Paper

… " (Zoccolillo et al., 1999) Thus, the AAOD student is at a clear disadvantage in terms of successfully completing a high-school diploma and moving on to a career-oriented post-secondary education.

Additionally, high school is generally also a milieu in which the adolescent learns other non-academic life skills, including mature means of relating to peers and supervisors, responsible treatment of deadlines and priorities, and the perspective-broadening value of sports and other extracurricular interests.

Absenteeism limits the opportunities for acquiring such skills, and even while attending, the AAOD student in all likelihood will not maximize the chance to participate in meaningful relationships and activities. Playing sports while drunk or stoned, or both, obviously also risks serious injury for the student and his or her teammates.

At its…. [read more]

Adolescence Describe Two Ways Book Review

… Why does this matter? Younger children are not capable of seeing what they might be able to become one day, but adolescents can often project what their "possible self" (their imagined identity) can be; and by being motivated to improve they believe they may get there (514). Two, gender plays a huge role in identity formation; on page 515 Polly started Jr. high as a tomboy but soon saw that girls her age were putting on makeup her identity was out of sync with the other girls and hence she withdrew from social activities. And three, identity confusion (and identity diffusion) can occur because adolescents do experience "self-doubt"; and also, ethnic adolescents have an even more complicated sense of identity as they wonder where and…. [read more]

Adolescence Adolescent Self-Portrait Essay

… ' The developmental theorist Erik Erikson noted that adolescents' "intolerance of differences" was likely due to the central problem of this life stage, which is identity confusion, causing the adolescent to lash out at others because of the internal anxieties the adolescent really feels about him or herself (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman 2010: 296). Erikson believed that unless identity confusion was resolved in adolescence, the young person would be unable to move onto the next stage of social development.

The ways in which adolescents struggle with a developing identity have been characterized according to the following definitions: identity achievement, foreclosure, identity diffusion, and moratorium. Identity achievement involves a struggle to develop an identity which is eventually resolved; foreclosure defines individuals who transition seamlessly from childhood to…. [read more]

Gender Influences on Women and or Men's Lives Essay

… Gender

African-American men understand the issue of white privilege, which frequently goes unnoticed by those who possess that privilege. In fact, it is almost part of the definition of white privilege that whites remain unaware of the social status, consideration, and opportunity automatically proffered. Being able to switch back and forth between white and black identities is not possible, and African-American men remain cognizant of the fact that the formation of a strong African-American community creates distinct and legitimate alternatives to the dominant culture. Applying the logic of white privilege to patriarchy, it may seem as if an African-American man could be more sensitive to the oppressive force of male hegemony due to the experience of oppression and discrimination. Unfortunately, this is not usually the…. [read more]

Adolescent's Awareness and Their Lack of Implementing Term Paper



The report entitled: "Children and Interactive Media: Research Compendium Update" relates: Since the 2000 report, both large- and small-scale studies have been published on children's in-home use of interactive media." (Wartella, Lee and Caplovitz, 2002) it is noted that when compared to the 1997-1998 Census statistics, recent studies "indicate greater media saturation in the home. The most recent national survey, involving 1,235 parents of 2 to 17-year-olds and 416 eight to sixteen-year-old was conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. According to the 'Media in the Home 2000' survey, American…. [read more]

Proverbs 22:6 - Train Up Article Review

… Impact of Finding: Many people don't believe in supplementation nor do they see the need for it. However, today's diet is deficient of vitamins and minerals. Vitamin D is hard to come by unless one is out in the sun during a certain time of a day. Seeing evidence that suggests more and more people are becoming vitamin D deficient leads to the suggestion of more supplementation. Perhaps if enough people begin to supplement early on, the deficiency in children and adults will cease.

Integration of Biblical Principle: the quote from Samuel show the importance of light. Sunlight is what fuels the earth and most life on it. Without the sun, the people of earth would perish. Seeing the importance the bible puts on light,…. [read more]

Adolescence Living High Risk Essay

… They respond to different stimuli and are in many cases unable to have a complex understanding with regard to the risks associated with getting involved in activities likely to get them an STD.

While adolescents represent only a quarter of the sexually experienced population they seem to be the central characters in approximately half of the cases of STDs diagnosed. "Compared with older adults, sexually active adolescents aged 15 -- 19 years and young adults aged 20 -- 24 years are at higher risk of acquiring STDs for a combination of behavioral, biological, and cultural reasons." (STDs in Adolescents and Young Adults) Conditions are critical in many of these cases because adolescents have lesser resources to effectively fight these maladies. They are reluctant to communicate…. [read more]

Adolescence Essay

… 12). Based on Bateson's (1935) original classification, three interactional patterns can be identified: complementary, symmetrical, and transitory (Rogers & Escudero, 2004). In complementary interactions, the definition of the relationship offered by one participant is accepted by the other and is reflected in communication exchanges such as closed question-answer or command-compliance (Friedlander et al., 1991). In contrast, competitive-symmetrical exchanges show participants' discrepant views of who is in control in a social relationship, evidenced by sequences of challenges and counter challenges, such as when one person changes the topic of conversation and the other person does not follow along, or when one person asks a question and there is no response (Ericson & Rogers, 1973). Transitory exchanges, the third transactional style, are neutral, non-control-defining communication patterns where,…. [read more]

Sexual Health Assessment Research Proposal

… Sexual Health Assessment Across the Lifespan


Various studies show that the majority of women in their entire lifespan continue to be sexually active despite problems and other barriers in each life stage. The lack of monitoring data on these problems and resources for help and effective prevention and intervention for risky adolescent behaviors, unintended pregnancy among young adult women, barriers to IPV among pregnant women, a holistic approach to middle-age female sexuality and the un-addressed sexual needs of older women add to other misconceptions, which take a toll on sexual health and fulfillment. In turn, the imbalance adversely affects national health.


The Problem and Its Significance

Health histories are the rational foundations for clinical reasoning and sound patient care…. [read more]

Abstinence vs. Contraception Term Paper

… Abstinence vs. Contraception

Over the last thirty years, a vociferous debate has arisen over the relative merits of abstinence-only education vs. contraception, with public policy and debate often falling far short of the reality. On the one side are politicians and religious groups arguing that abstinence is the only sure way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, and as such should represent the core focus of any sexual awareness campaign. On the other side of the debate are those researchers arguing that abstinence is not only unpractical, but ineffective, and that the only proven way to reduce unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is through educating the public about the proper use of contraceptives, and especially condoms.…. [read more]

Gender Dysphoria in Children Thesis

… Gender and Sexuality: Gender Dysphoria in Children

Gender Dysphoria in Children

Gender is not an absolute or guaranteed condition in the human experience, and even young children can experience some confusion concerning their perceptions of what gender they should be based on powerful family, cultural and social influences. This confused sense of whether "I am a boy" or "I am a girl" can result in subjective distress that is known as gender dysphoria regarding their gender identity. While most adolescents tend to "grow out of" their gender dysphoric state, some continue to experience this dichotomy between their anatomical and mental sense of their gender. This study provides a review of the relevant peer-reviewed, scholarly and reliable online literature to provide an overview of transgendered children…. [read more]

Social Work - Literature Review Term Paper

… Finally, to successfully reach our social change goal, we must ensure that we are presenting relevant information to the adolescents. In the Psychology Today article, "What kids need to know; most parents and school systems fail to provide teenagers with relevant sex education" by Sol Gordon (1986), this common failure of sex education attempts is discussed. Gordon points to ignorance and unresolved curiosity as the cause for much of the destructive sexual behavior of teenagers. Poor education, poverty, racism, and sexism are noted as social factors that encourage unhealthy sexuality. Sex education is the key to combating these issues, however insufficient education is received from parents. "One reason parents have for not educating their children is discomfort with their own sexual feelings and behavior. Part…. [read more]

Effectiveness of Male Condoms Research Paper

… ¶ … condom use. The examined studies concern, respectively, the accuracy of parents' beliefs about condom use, condom use within marriage, and adolescent males' knowledge of and use of condoms. Each examination will take into account the details of each study, including how it was undertaken, results, and the authors' conclusions.

Eisenberg et al.'s (2004) article "Parents' Beliefs About Condoms and Oral Contraceptives: Are They Medically Accurate?" focuses on the accuracy of the education parents give to their children about condoms and oral contraceptives. Multiple national organizations strongly emphasize the need for parents to be their children's primary sex educators, but little is known about how accurately a parent may educate her child (Eisenberg et al., 2004). Moreover, while much research on the impact of…. [read more]

Alcohol Consumption Has on Risky Term Paper

… In addition, the participants who were under the influence of alcohol exhibited much poorer negotiation skills regarding condom use, meaning that they were far easier to persuade to not use protections. Alcohol also made the participants far more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, and it may even be extrapolated that the influence of alcohol made the males intent to participate in risky sexual behavior. This study certainly backed up previous research showing that alcohol consumption is related to risky sexual behavior. Approximately 20-25% of the variance among males was related to personal attitude, and used in conjunction with level of alcohol consumption, this can be used to develop a surprisingly accurate prediction of risky sexual behavior. There is also evidence from this study…. [read more]

Sex Crimes Sexual Essay

… There, in this regard, various associations of pedophiles who claim pedophilia as a way of life and human sexuality, therefore, naturally accepted by society. Pedophilic behaviors are very heterogeneous, from harmless or almost harmless, even those that reach levels that fall within the criminal. The sexual activity of a pedophile with a child under 13 years is known by the name of child sexual abuse or pedophilia (a word that, etymologically, means the same as pedophilia).


The theory of 'feminist' (supported by Holmes et al. 2008) argues that sexual assault is not motivated by a compelling erotic desire, but by a desire to control, dominate, humiliate and then keep the woman in a state of political and economic subservience to man. (Pithers and Gray…. [read more]

Pedophiles and Methods of Rehabilitating Term Paper

… Human sexuality manifests itself in many ways, such as intimacy between two people that might lead to forming life-long bonds of partnership or marriage. As an expression of the sharing and intimacy that arises out of the bonds of partnership and marriage, children are born. They are socially the most treasured members of society, and their vulnerability, innocence, and clean slate of human experience leading to a curiosity and constant discovery of the world around them and of their selves as feeling, emotional, thinking and participating beings in that world often brings them to the attention of people who would exploit for those same traits. The pedophile, whom often moves amongst us upstanding and even outstanding members of society, lives a life secret urges and…. [read more]

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