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Sexuality at Different Life Stages
Jennifer Hartman
PSY 265
January 30, 2011

Sexuality at Different Life Stages
Sexuality is an interesting topic that people may not understand to the full extent. We as people develop sexuality as we individually mature in life. There are also many aspects of life that may affect one’s sexual development and behavior such as religion, culture, gender and the way we were raised. In this report there are three separate scenarios that are placed at different stages of life and are having difficulty with their sexual interests. Each scenario will be answered with a therapist’s perspective; this will allow each individual to make a life choice as well as overcome obstacles that may be disturbing the individual in their sexual development.

Scenario 1: Anna, an adolescent girl, is very much in love with her boyfriend who is three years older than she. He is putting a lot of pressure on her to have sex. At the same time, she is anxious about her parents’ attitude towards her boyfriend. Her mother constantly warns her about dating an older boy and assumes that he intends to take advantage of her.

Result: Anna, at this stage in your life, you are experiencing a great amount of emotions and feelings with the pressure from your boyfriend to engage in sexual intercourse with him before you are ready. At this stage in your life, your body is experiencing new growth and hormones that are flowing through your system. These new hormones are called estrogen. Let me explain to you what estrogen is; estrogen is responsible for so many changes that you may have already experienced such as the growth of your breasts, growth of hair in your pubic and under arm area, and your menstrual cycle may of started (Rathus, Nevid &, Fichner-Rathus, 2005). Because you are being bombarded with all these new hormones, your perspectives about engaging into sexual activities with your boyfriend may be altered; you will have to try hard to make sure...
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