Adolescent, the period from ages twelve to nineteen, is a time of rapid change and difficult challenge. Physical maturation is only one part of this process because adolescents face a wide variety of psychosocial demands: becoming independent from parents, developing skills in interacting well with their peers, devising a workable set of ethical principles, becoming intellectually competent, and acquiring a sense of social and personal responsibility, to name just a few. At the same time this complex set of developmental challenges is being met, the adolescent must also cope with his or her sexuality by learning how to deal with changing sexual feelings, deciding whether to participate in various types of sexual activity, discovering how to recognize love, and learning how to prevent unwanted pregnancy. It is no wonder that the adolescent sometimes feels conflict, pain, and confusion.

On the other hand, adolescence is also a time of discovery and awakening, a time when intellectual and emotional maturation combine with physical development to create increasing freedom and excitement. Adolescence is not simply a period of turmoil, as older theory states, but is just as likely to be a time of pleasure and happiness as a turbulent, troubled passage to adulthood. The paradoxical nature of adolescence is particularly visible in the sexual sphere. For a comprehensive overview of adolescent sexuality, we will consider both the biological processes of puberty and psychosexual aspects of the teenage years.


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