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PGS 222 Ch 12 Exam 4

Infant Sexuality, HIV/AIDS and other STIs

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sexuality of infants Infants have the capacity for sexual response (arousal and orgasm) present at birth but are unable to differentiate sexual from sensual pleasure. They engage in self-pleasuring activity and sexual behavior is a normal part of development.
suggestions for reducing teen pregnancies High in US but declining; 1/5 sex active teens; Edu should stress that sex is a positive aspect of humanity; more accepting attitudes towards sex will lead to effective BC use; School clinics; comp natl sex ed for all grades; free, confid contracep avail;
effect of good communication with parents on teen sexuality Later onset of and more infrequent coitus; Consistent & more effective use of BC; Fewer sex partners; Decreased risk of STDs; Decreased incidence of teen pregnancy
childhood sex play Sex play begins around 4-7 years of age --> "Playing doctor/house"; Play is more important than sex --> Curiosity
teens preference for sex educators Young people prefer parents as primary source of sex info, but only 20% get it from parents --> friends are principal source; Prefer mothers vs. fathers;
factors associated with later onset of coitus Strong religious beliefs, maternal/parental disapproval, high parental expectation, satisfied w/ relations w/ mother, high socioeconomic status, good school performance/higher intelligence, later onset of puberty, believed they had 1+ caring adults, com
HIV education and teen sexual behavior Most educated teens do not think that they are at risk because of a belief in invulnerability and condoms viewed more as BC than as STD prevention --> 20% of AIDS casess contracted in teen years
effects of physical affection in infancy/childhood on later adult adjustment Less violence in adulthood in societies where children are nurtured
childhood masturbation Safe sexual release & way to learn about self; Begins around 2-3 years of age and is common and natural! Adolescence: Increase in frequency & numbers in nearly all boys and 3/4 girls
physical affection in infancy/childhood & effects on culture Less violence in adulthood
same-sex sex play Most common in childhood
earliest signs of puberty in males and females Reproductive organs mature at 8-14 years of age (2 yrs earlier for girls); Triggered by the release of gonadotropins which signal the testes/ovaries --> pubic/facial hair, growth spurt, enlarged genitals, axillary oil-secretion, voice changes, breasts
double standard among teens Gender role differentiation increases in adolescence (but may be diminishing in US) --> Girls focus on relationships while boys focus on sexual conquest; Double standard: appear sexy but not "easy" & boys are encouraged to be aggressive & independent
oral sex among teens Has increased dramatically in order to learn about sexual intimacy but still technically stay a virgin. However, teens can be unaware of the risk for disease
factors which influence racial & ethnic differences in rates of coitus among teens Different sexual norms, attitudes and expectations for different groups (African-Americans more tolerant of sexual behavior while Asians are not); Socioeconomic status is lower for many ethnic groups which is linked to earlier coitus
homosexuality and teens Common among same-sex peers and is experimental or transitory --> 6-11% Girls & 11-14% Boys; Many individuals begin to self-identify as gay, etc. in teens; Encounter negative societal reactions and reconciling orientation can be difficult
hazards associated with teen pregnancy Phys complications: anemia, toxemia, hypertension, hemorrhage, miscarriage, death; Higher prenatal/infant mortality rates; High risk for STDs; Likely to drop out of school; Lower quality parenting; Children at higher risk for mental, phys & intel probs
sex education in the home Start early! Don't put off questions & make it an ongoing discussion; Check for understanding; Weave into everyday convo; Sex is pleasurable; Masturbation is "private" so boundaries must be set & privacy respected; aware of phys changes; bedirect & honest
school-based sex education 43% states, 52% districts, 57% schools require at elementary level; Quality of programs vary; Most parents support comprehensive programs; ABSTINENCE BASED: don't delay 1st intercourse or affect attitudes about sex; don't reduce teen preg or spread STDs;
abstinence only sex ed 37% of districts teach abstinence only; $900 million to abstinence only but none to comprehensive during Bush administration
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