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2nd Edition

Sexuality in Adolescence
Current Trends

ISBN 9780415344968
Published December 5, 2006 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Sexuality in Adolescence considers the latest theory and research on adolescent development, focusing on sexuality as a vital aspect of normal, healthy maturation. Biological changes are discussed within a social context, and the latest research is presented on key issues of our time, including changes in teenage sexual behaviours and beliefs, sexual risk-taking, body dissatisfaction, sex education, teen pregnancy and abortion. 

Susan Moore and Doreen Rosenthal explore the roles of parents, peers, the media, social institutions and youth culture in adolescent sexual adjustment. This volume covers topical issues ranging from the role of the internet in adolescent romance to the pros and cons of abstinence education versus harm minimization. Issues, such as whether there are male-female differences in desire, sexuality, motives for sex, and beliefs about romance are examined, along with the question of whether a sexual double standard still exists. Maladaptive aspects of sexual development, including sexual risk-taking, disease, unplanned pregnancy, and sexual coercion are also covered. 

This fully revised and updated second edition also addresses the crucial issues of:

  • sexual minority adolescents
  • the social determinants of adolescent sexuality
  • sexual health as opposed to sexual illness. 

This book aims to promote sexual well-being, and argues for the importance of the adolescent period as a time for engendering healthy sexual attitudes and practices. It will be valuable reading for students in the social and behavioural sciences interested in adolescent development and the topic of sexuality, and for professionals working with young people.

Table of Contents

Sexuality in the 21st Century: Adolescents’ Behaviours and Beliefs.  Theoretical Approaches: Not Just What, But Why.  Changing Hormones, Changing Bodies.  Parents and Peers: Shaping Influences.  The Social Context: From Youth Culture to Globalization.  Gender, Sexuality and Romance.  Issues for Gay and Lesbian Adolescents.  Sexually Transmitted Infections: An Increasing Problem.  Having a Baby:  Choices and Outcomes.  When Sex is Unwanted.  Conclusion.

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Susan Moore is a developmental social psychologist at Swinburne University Melbourne. Her research focuses on adolescent psychology, risk-taking and the psychology of health and illness. She has published over one hundred refereed journal articles, plus several books and book chapters.


Doreen Rosenthal is a developmental psychologist at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include adolescent psychology, particularly sexuality and sexual health, and the social determinants of health. She has published over one hundred and forty refereed journal articles, several books and many book chapters.


"There is a great need for this book as there is little else that is up-to-date in the area of Adolescent Sexuality. The writing is coherent, easy to follow, and well crafted, and the range of topics covered is excellent." - Shirley Feldman, Director for the curriculum on Children and Society, Stanford University.

"This is essential reading for anyone interested in young people. It explains current theory well, identifying important areas for future research. The writing style is accessible and difficult concepts such as coercion and manipulation are explained well. The authors draw on key research and have ensured that they are up to date with contemporary findings." – Jenny Pearce, School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University.