Sexuality at Different Life Stages

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Richard (Ty) Trevino
PSY 265 – Ch. 13 Assignment Axia College – University of Phoenix

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. The therapist needs to coach Anna on the sexual decision-making process, including addressing her feelings and also what she would recommend, in regards to what would be related to her mother’s anxiety. The therapist would then translate data as a simplified version of advice for the child, to be capable of using them as their own rather than something that was becoming an imposition upon them as their own rather than something imposed on the child. “Laying down the law” is not likely to be

as effective as providing information and encouraging discussions with the child, which could be

used to make sound decisions and not out of dire necessities. Convictions are to be clearly stated,

with advice provided, regarding sex with expressions of the parents’ values and beliefs. Parents

of teenage children often react to sexual experimentation with threats or punishments, which may

cause adolescents to rebel or tune them out. The adolescent may learn to associate sex with

fear and anger, which may persist for awhile, even in adult relationships. Parents may find it

as a more constructive way to convey concerns about the consequences of children’s actions in a

loving and nonthreatening way that invites an open response. Say, for example, “I’m worried

about the way you are experimenting, and I’d like to give you some information that you may

not have. Can we talk about it?” (Calderone &...
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