Understanding normal development of adolescent sexuality: A bumpy ride

J Hum Reprod Sci. 2015 Apr-Jun;8(2):70-4. doi: 10.4103/0974-1208.158594.


Adolescence, derived from the Latin word "adolescere" meaning "to grow up" is a critical developmental period. During adolescence, major biological as well as psychological developments take place. Development of sexuality is an important bio-psycho-social development, which takes an adult shape during this period. During adolescence, an individual's thought, perception as well as response gets colored sexually. Puberty is an important landmark of sexuality development that occurs in the adolescence. The myriad of changes that occurs in adolescents puts them under enormous stress, which may have adverse physical, as well as psychological consequences. Understanding adolescent sexuality has important clinical, legal, social, cultural, as well as educational implications.

Keywords: Adolescence; development; puberty; sexuality.

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