Adolescent Sexuality through the Generations Essay

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Introduction
“During adolescence and emerging adulthood, the lives of adolescents are wrapped in sexuality. Adolescence and emerging adulthood are time frames when individuals engage in sexual exploration and incorporate sexuality into their identity” (Santrock). Adolescence is a trying time of life. With so many changes occurring within the mind and body, adolescents are curious and have an insatiable curiosity, about life and sexuality. “Adolescents often wonder if they are attractive, how to behave sexually and what the future holds for their sexual lives” (Santrock). The purpose of this qualitative research study is to discover the truth of adolescents and sexuality through three generations of women. This research study will travel
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Sexual curiosity and exploration recognized normative and healthy processes during adolescence years. Across the world, adolescents are dealing with the same issues, as sexuality has become an important social and medical topic. “ In a bid to discover and embrace who they truly are, questions such as "what is sex?" and "who am I as a sexual being?" plague the minds of young women and men as they struggle through the years between childhood and adulthood (Long, 2010). Adolescent women's feelings of sexual desire and wanting are complicated, censored, or violated by gendered norms and practices. Research has explored the conditions that can foster or impede young women's sexual desire and agency as well as their experiences of ambivalence and coercion (Bay-Cheng, Robinson & Zucker, 2009).
What remains to be learned about adolescent sexual interactions, aside from the sexual behaviors and relational contexts in which they are embedded, is how youth feel about these experiences (Bay-Cheng, et al, 2009). In a recent review of teen sexuality and self-esteem, the links with having sex were positive in 13%, negative in 23%, and non-significant in 63% of 52 studies; of the nine studies that focused on the link with early onset, one was positive, one was negative, and the rest were non-significant (Vrangalova,

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