ERIC Number: ED176154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent Sexuality in a Changing American Society.
Chilman, Catherine S.
All aspects of adolescent sexuality may be viewed as primarily sexual. The primary fact about adolescence is that the young person becomes capable of reproduction. Biological changes interact with psychological ones; the cognitive, motivational, social and emotional aspects are all directed toward becoming a sexual human being. In adolescence, personal relationships are particularly tenuous as young people move from immersion in the family and simple social systems toward greater independence, distinctive selfhood, and involvement in complex social systems. As adolescent sexuality is conceptualized in the framework of contempory society, life goals for developing teenagers are far less clear than in the past, and the trend toward complete freedom of personal decision making is particularly difficult at this stage. (Author/PJC)
Descriptors: Abortions, Adolescents, Contraception, Illegitimate Births, Individual Development, Marriage, Pregnancy, Sex Education, Sexuality, Social Development, State of the Art Reviews
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Center for Population Research.; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Milwaukee. School of Social Welfare.