A Life Span Perspective: Conception through Adolescence

Introduction
Sexual development, similar to biological and psychological development, matures across one’s lifespan. This unit reviews sexuality, beginning in infancy, and then considers the various ways sexuality grows and changes in early childhood, preadolescence, and adolescence.
Objectives
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Explore human behavior from conception through adolescence, 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 between conception and adolescence.
3. Review theories of learning and personality development as they apply to human sexuality concepts from conception to adolescence, including current understandings about neurobiological behavior.

Learning Activities Studies
Readings
Use your Understanding Human Sexuality text to complete the following:
• Chapter 6, “Conception, Pregnancy, & Childbirth,” pages 118–154.
• Chapter 7, “Contraception and Abortion,” pages 155–184.
• Chapter 9, “Sexuality and the Life Cycle: Childhood and Adolescence,” pages 227–247.
Use the Library to complete the following:
• Somers, Tolia, and Anagurthi’s 2012 article, “Parent-Adolescent Relationships and Adolescent Sexual Behavior: Patterns by Adolescent Gender,” from the International Journal of Business and Social Science, volume 3, issue 7, pages 66–76.
• French’s 2013 article, “More Than Jezebels and Freaks: Exploring how Black Girls Navigate Sexual Coercion and Sexual Scripts,” from the Journal of African American Studies, volume 17, issue 1, pages 35–50.

Discussion 1: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Dealing with Adolescent Pregnancy
Maria is 14 years old, Hispanic, and Catholic. She recently found out after taking a home pregnancy test that she was nine weeks pregnant. She has told her best friend, Angela, and they both agree that Maria cannot tell her parents and that the best course of action is to secretly have an abortion. Angela also has recommended that Maria visit the school counselor for advice and direction on what to do and where to go for an abortion. Pretend that you are the school counselor. What advice might you present to Maria? In your advice, be sure to address how you will handle the issue of confidentiality, abortion, and any other choice present for Maria. Additionally, mention your state’s laws regarding minors and abortion.

 

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