Research on Childhood and Adolescent Sexuality

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Main references come from Murray, C., Pope, A., & Willis, B. (2017) and/or American Psychological Association (2014).  Assignments should adhere to graduate-level writing and be free from writing errors.

Assignment 1 – Week 3 Research on Childhood and Adolescent Sexuality

What is considered to be “normal” sexual play for children? What level of sexual knowledge is appropriate for children of different ages? What do children and adolescents view as helpful in terms of how their parents and other adults teach them about sex? What is life like for teenagers who become pregnant? How are teenagers’ experiences of sexuality impacted by social media and “sexting”?

Each of the questions above has implications for counseling children and adolescents as well as for their parents. To learn more about these issues when they arise in counseling, counselors can turn to exist professional literature and empirical research. Empirical research can provide counselors with background information about clients’ experiences as well as interventions that research shows to be effective.

For this week’s Assignment, you explore a topic related to childhood/adolescent sexuality through a relevant empirical research article. To prepare, choose one topic related to childhood/adolescent sexuality. Search the Walden Library and select one empirical article related to this issue to use for this Discussion.

The Assignment (2- to 3-page paper):

Provide an analysis of the article you selected, including:

  • A brief description of the article
  • Possible implications of the findings for the practice of sexuality counseling
  • Possible implications of the findings for parents and caregivers

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

Required Resources

  • Course Text: Murray, C., Pope, A., & Willis, B. (2017). Sexuality counseling: Theory, research, and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
  • Chapter 5, “Lifespan Development and Sexuality”
  • Article: Bloom, Z. D., & Dillman Taylor, D. (2015). New Problems in Today’s Technological Era: An Adlerian Case Example. Journal of Individual Psychology, 71(2), 163–173. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Article: Dick, B., & Ferguson, B. J. (2015). Health for the world’s adolescents: a second chance in the second decade. The Journal Of Adolescent Health: Official Publication Of The Society For Adolescent Medicine, 56(1), 3–6. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Article: Kerr, B. A., & Multon, K. D. (2015). The development of gender identity, gender roles, and gender relations in gifted students. Journal of Counseling and Development, (2), 183. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Article: Morawska, A., Walsh, A., Grabski, M., & Fletcher, R. (2015). Parental confidence and preferences for communicating with their child about sexuality. Sex Education, 15(3), 235–248. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Article: Sujita Kumar Kar, Ananya Choudhury, & Abhishek Pratap Singh. (2015). Understanding normal development of adolescent sexuality: A bumpy ride. Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences, Vol 8, Iss 2, Pp 70-74 (2015), (2), 70. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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  • Animated Case Study: Laureate Education, Inc. (2011). Online snooping case study. Baltimore, MD: Author.

 

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Last Updated on March 13, 2020