Understanding sexual behaviors of adolescents within a biopsychosocial framework

Beth A. Auslander, Susan L. Rosenthal, Margaret J. Blythe

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In this article, adolescent sexual behavior is discussed within a biopsychosocial framework. Prevalence rates for both coital and noncoital behaviors are presented, and trends in coital behaviors are noted over time. Special attention is paid to the role culture plays in the development of sexual behaviors. The discussion includes prevalence rates and trends of pregnancies/ births and sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents and the impact of these outcomes for both adolescents and their offspring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-448
Number of pages15
JournalAdolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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