chapter 12: Sexual Development Throughout Life

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  1. psychosexual stages
    freud's theory that the development of human personality occurs in a series of stages during childhood
  2. gender identification
    a development stage in children between the ages of 3 and 5 during which they begin to understand which sex they are
  3. oedipus complex
    a Freudian notion explaining how a young boy comes to identify with his father
  4. electra complex
    a Freudian notion explaining how a young girl comes to identify with her mother
  5. adolescence
    the period of life between the age of approximately 10 and 19 years, often a tumultuous, self- identity seeking stage of life
  6. puberty
    a natural change in a childs body during early to middle childhood, during which secondary sexual characteristics develop and boys begin to produce sperm and girls being menstruation
  7. pituitary gland
    a gland in the brain that, at the onset of puberty, releases hormones necessary for the physical changes of puberty
  8. gonadotropin
    a hormone released by the pituitary gland that signals the testes to release testosterone and the ovaries to release estrogen
  9. menarche
    the beginning of menstruation during puberty; a girls first period
  10. secondary sexual characteristics
    physical changes not biologically related to reproduction that occur during puberty
  11. emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs)
    hormonal contraceptives that help prevent pregnancy after an unprotected act of intercourse; also known as the morning-after pill
  12. comprehensive sex education
    sexual education programs for adolescents that provide information about abstinence and about prevention of STIs and unwanted pregnancy
  13. abstinence-only education
    a program of sexual education for adolescents that avoids teaching about contraception and STIs and stresses instead the importance of waiting until marriage to engage in sexual activities
  14. cohabitation
    living together as if married without legally marrying
  15. menopause
    the normal, gradual change in a woman's life, typically occurring between age 45 and 55, when the ovaries produce decreasing amounts of female hormones and menstrual periods cease
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chapter 12: Sexual Development Throughout Life
2014-11-02 23:44:49
human sexuality
human sexuality
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