2017

The Physiology of Adolescent Sexual Behaviour: A Systematic Review

Pringle, Jan and Mills, Kathryn L. and McAteer, John and Jepson, Ruth and Hogg, Emma and Anand, Neil and Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne

10.1080/23311886.2017.1368858

Objectives: To examine physiological influences of adolescent sexual behaviour, including associated psychosocial factors. Methods: Systematic review. Results: Thirteen studies met the inclusion criteria relating to adolescents, physiology and sexual behaviour. We excluded studies relating to abnormal development. Findings highlighted hormonal and gender differences. Females appear to be more influenced by psychosocial aspects, including the effects of peers, than males. Males may be more inclined to engage in unprotected sex with a greater number of partners. Early maturing adolescents are more likely to be sexually active at an early age. Conclusions: Hormonal, psychosocial context, and sexual preference need to be acknowledged in intervention development. Stage of readiness to receive information may differ according to gender and physiological maturity.

Cite this paper:

@article{pringlePhysiologyAdolescentSexual2017,
  title = {The Physiology of Adolescent Sexual Behaviour: {{A}} Systematic Review},
  shorttitle = {The Physiology of Adolescent Sexual Behaviour},
  author = {Pringle, Jan and Mills, Kathryn L. and McAteer, John and Jepson, Ruth and Hogg, Emma and Anand, Neil and Blakemore, Sarah-Jayne},
  year = {2017},
  month = aug,
  volume = {3},
  pages = {1368858},
  issn = {2331-1886},
  doi = {10.1080/23311886.2017.1368858},
  file = {/Users/jonny/Zotero/storage/QCDUYG5P/Pringle et al. - 2017 - The physiology of adolescent sexual behaviour A s.pdf},
  journal = {Cogent Social Sciences},
  keywords = {adolescent sexuality,age,boys,females,gender,hormones,intercourse,males,onset,partner,physiology,pubertal development,sexual development,systematic review,testosterone},
  language = {English},
  number = {1}
}