Sexual Identity

Adolescent Sexuality
Sexuality is an important aspect of development during adolescence. The ability to identify and communicate with adolescent who may be at high risk of premature activity is important since sexual intercourse at an early age can have serious short and long-term consequences. An emphasis of confidentiality and an honest appraisal of implications of early sexual activity will enhance discussions about sexual issues with adolescents. Some parents are ill prepared for discussions about sexuality. Having conversations with their adolescent on sexuality may be difficult for them. Many adolescents claim both experience and confidence about sexual issues, they are often uncomfortable about discussing sexuality, both with adults and their peers. Pressure from peers may leave them wondering whether they are normal, and unhealthy. It becomes crucial that their family creates opportunities for conversations about sexuality with adolescents.
Persons aged twelve to nineteen or twelve percent make up the United States population. Approximately fifty to sixty percent of adolescent girls and seventy to seventy-five percent of adolescent boys have had sexual intercourse by the time they graduate from high school (Cutrona & Troutman 1997). There are also a growing number of adolescents having sexual intercourse before the age of thirteen (Comerci & MacDonald1996). One study conducted in a Mid-western town found that fifty-three percent of adolescents under the age of fourteen were having sexual intercourse.
The consequences of early sexual intercourse can not be avoided by society. Physical, emotional, and social consequences have a short and long-term impact on the development of adolescents. Forty-percent of all adolescent females will become pregnant before they graduate from high school (Comerci & MacDonald 1996). Almost fifty-percent of the 1.1 million teenage pregnancies each year will end in abortion or miscarriage. The 500,00 births occurring in...