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Chapter 13 Learning Objectives

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1. Discuss the types of sexual behaviors seen in childhood and the approximate ages at which they emerge. Describe the influence of caregivers on these behaviors across various cultures.


Textbook Reference: Some Forms of Childhood Sexual Expression Are Common, pp. 399–403


2. Review the types and prevalence of the various forms of adult–child sexual contact and the incidence of harm to the child that results.


Textbook Reference: Some Children Have Sexual Contacts with Adults, pp. 403–405


3. Discuss the phenomenon of false memory and the conditions that favor the inculcation of false memories. Describe how adult–child sex can be prevented.


Textbook Reference: Some Children Have Sexual Contacts with Adults, pp. 403–405


4. Review the primary sexual developments of the preadolescent phase.


Textbook Reference: Preadolescence May Be Marked by an Increase in Sexual Interest, pp. 405–408


5. Describe the primary sexual developments of adolescence and their relationship to sex differences, cultural differences, and types of sexual expression.


Textbook Reference: Adolescence Is a Time of Sexual Exploration, pp. 408–414


6. Describe the major sexual developments of young adulthood and discuss the way sexual relationships may be changing for this demographic.


Textbook Reference: Teen Sexuality Is Central To Identity Development, pp. 414–416; In Young Adulthood, Conflicting Demands Moderate Sexual Expression, pp. 416–417


7. Discuss the factors that influence the decision by men and women to enter nonmarital cohabitations and describe the frequency and outcome of these types of relationships.


Textbook Reference: Cohabitation Is an Increasingly Prevalent Lifestyle, pp. 417–419


8. Describe, with examples from various cultures, the different forms that marriage can assume.


Textbook Reference: Marriage Takes Diverse Forms, pp. 420–423


9. Describe the way the concept of marriage has changed recently and throughout history, including a discussion of the emergence of companionate marriages.


Textbook Reference: The Institution of Marriage Is Evolving, pp. 423–425


10. Compare and contrast the frequency of different sexual behaviors and the degree of marriage satisfaction as people age. Describe the factors that appear to decrease satisfaction.


Textbook Reference: Most Married Couples Are Satisfied with Their Sex Lives, pp. 425–428


11. Explain the variables that influence the ending of a relationship and outline how these relate to similarities and differences in the partners.


Textbook Reference: Many Factors Bring Relationships to an End, pp. 429–430


12. Discuss the costs and benefits of marital disruption, both from the adults’ perspective and from that of children.


Textbook Reference: Marital Disruption Can Have Negative and Positive Consequences, pp. 430–433


13. Identify the physiological processes that trigger menopause and the symptoms that characterize it. Review the costs and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy for both sexual and general health.


Textbook Reference: Menopause Marks Women’s Transition to Infertility, pp. 433–437


14. Discuss the sexuality of the elderly. Outline the factors that reduce sexual behavior in older people, and how some of these factors might be remedied.


Textbook Reference: The Sex Lives of Older People Have Traditionally Been Ignored, pp. 438–442


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