Puberty and adolescent sexuality

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This article is part of a Special Issue "Puberty and Adolescence".Sexuality emerges as a major developmental element of puberty and the adolescent years that follow. However, connecting the sexuality that emerges with puberty and elements of adult sexuality is difficult because much adolescent sexuality research addresses the transition to partnered sexual behaviors (primarily coitus) and consequences such as unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. This review proposes a framework of an expanded understanding of puberty and adolescent sexuality from the perspective of four hallmarks of adult sexuality: sexual desire; sexual arousal; sexual behaviors; and, sexual function. This approach thus addresses important gaps in understanding of the ontogeny of sex and the continuum of sexuality development from adolescence through the adult lifespan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-287
Number of pages8
JournalHormones and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Abstinence
  • Adolescence
  • Masturbation
  • Puberty
  • Sexual arousal
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexual desire
  • Sexual function
  • Sexuality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems

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