This unit continues to explore sexuality across the life span. We will begin our discussion of adult sexuality with an exploration of sexuality in the single state and then the coupled state. Sexuality in terms of young adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood is explained. One goal of this unit is to examine our assumptions about sexuality and aging. This requires us to confront some of the myths espoused by our culture regarding these topics.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Explore human behavior from adulthood through old age, including an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal sexual behavior.
2. Explore current theories of individual and family sexual development as they pertain to the period of development from adulthood through old age.
3. Review theories of learning and personality development as they apply to human sexuality concepts from adulthood through old age, including current understandings about neurobiological behavior.
Learning Activities Studies
Use your Understanding Human Sexuality text to complete the following:
• Chapter 10, “Sexuality and the Life Cycle: Adulthood,” pages 248–272.
• Chapter 18, “Sexually Transmitted Infections,” pages 455–478.
Use the Library to complete the following:
• Magon, Chauhan, Malik, and Shah’s 2012 article, “Sexuality in Midlife: Where the Passion Goes?,” from the Journal of Mid-Life Health, volume 3, issue 2, pages 61–65.
Assignment Discussion: 1 page needed with two references.
Factors That Impact the Sexual Behaviors of Adults
Consider the various developmental crises, disabilities, psychopathology, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal sexual behaviors of adults. These can include events such as loss, death, birth, addiction, disease, financial distress, divorce, et cetera.
For this discussion, develop a mini case study for a theoretical client with whom you are currently meeting in your office. The topic of conversation revolves around a personal event that the client encountered. Describe your client, including pertinent details regarding diversity. Detail how the event you are discussing with your client could impact his or her sexual functioning. Describe in layman’s terms for the client the individual sexual developmental issues that may be at hand.