ERIC Number: ED335593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Teenage Sexuality: What Are the Emotional Effects?
Kennedy, Bebe C.
Much attention has been given to the physical ramifications of early sexual activity, but little has been said about emotional and psychological repercussions. The breakdown of the American family may be a contributing factor in causing premature sexual activity, along with the strong adolescent sex drive, the fear of loneliness and the media. An immediate consequence of premature sexual activity is the hurt stemming from a broken relationship. Following the breakup of a relationship, teenage girls can have problems with interpersonal commitment. Communication and trust may suffer in a sexually-based relationship and one's reputation may be harmed. Career and education plans, as well as health, can be altered when teenagers become sexually active. Teenagers who avoid sex can explore other avenues of involvement and can have the satisfaction of being in control. Teenage girls who engage in sexual activity run the risk of becoming pregnant and choosing between abortion or having the baby. Girls who choose abortion may experience a delayed negative reaction to the abortion, known as Post-Abortion Syndrome. Teenagers who opt to keep their baby often have trouble staying in school, completing their education, and finding employment. Teenagers who choose to delay sexual gratification may avoid pain and enhance their prospects of achieving happiness in life. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Reno, NV, April 21-24, 1991). Faint type throughout.