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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2004 Jul;13(3):497-511, vi.

Typical adolescent sexual development.

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  • 1Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California-San Francisco, 201 Edgewood Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA.


This article addresses the typical components that contribute to the development of adolescent sexuality. It defines the important terms that are addressed in the article, explains the roots of human sexuality from birth and childhood, and details three components of adolescent sexuality: biologic, psychologic, and social cultural. The concluding sections on sexual education and sexual risk-taking further explain key factors in the development of adolescent sexuality.

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