Rethinking Positive Adolescent Female Sexual Development: New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, No. 112, Summer 2006

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This volume provides thoughtful and diverse perspectives on female adolescent sexuality. These perspectives integrate biological, cultural, and interpersonal influences on adolescent girls' sexuality, and highlight the importance of using multiple methods to investigate sexual ideation and experience.

Traditional portrayals cast adolescent females as sexual gatekeepers whose primary task is to fend off boys' sexual overtures and set aside their own sexual desires in order to ...

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Overview

This volume provides thoughtful and diverse perspectives on female adolescent sexuality. These perspectives integrate biological, cultural, and interpersonal influences on adolescent girls' sexuality, and highlight the importance of using multiple methods to investigate sexual ideation and experience.

Traditional portrayals cast adolescent females as sexual gatekeepers whose primary task is to fend off boys' sexual overtures and set aside their own sexual desires in order to reduce their risks for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Yet an increasing number of thoughtful and constructive critiques have challenged this perspective, arguing for more sensitive, in-depth, multimethod investigations into the positive meanings of sexuality for adolescent girls that will allow us to conceptualize (and, ideally, advocate for) healthy sexual-developmental trajectories. Collectively, authors of this volume take up this movement and chart exciting new directions for the next generation of developmental research on adolescent female sexuality.

This is the 112th volume of New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, a journal published quarterly by Jossey-Bass.

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1 Introduction : in search of good sexual-developmental pathways for adolescent girls 1
2 Integrating hormones and other biological factors into a developmental systems model of adolescent female sexuality 9
3 Puberty and girls' sexuality : why hormones are not the complete answer 23
4 Positive sexual communication and socialization in the parent-adolescent context 39
5 Uncommonly good : exploring how mass media may be a positive influence on young women's sexual health and development 57
6 In a different position : conceptualizing female adolescent sexuality development within compulsory heterosexuality 71
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