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1.2: Introduction to Sexuality

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1 Friends and Peers

2 Dating and Romantic Feelings

3 Sexual Function and Behavior

4 Adolescent Sexual Behavior

5 Sexual Abuse and Coercion

6 Sexually Transmitted Diseases


8 Sexual Morality

9 Making Decisions


Text Author

Herant Katchadourian

Activity Authors

Modell Marlow Andersen, Ken Whitcomb

Principal Investigator H. Craig Heller, Project Director Mary L. Kiely


From Fast Sam, Cool Clyde and Stuff by Walter Dean Myers. Copyright © 1975 by Walter Dean Myers. Used by permission of Viking Penguin Putnam, Inc.

New Kids on the Block: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens © 1989, by Janet Bode, used by permission, Franklin Watts, Inc., Grolier Publishing Co., Danbury, CT.

Are You in the House Alone? by Richard Peck, Penguin Putnam Inc., New York, NY.

Reprinted with the permission of Simon & Schuster for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division from Then Again, Maybe I Won't by Judy Blume. Copyright © 1971 Judy Blume.

Reprinted from Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell), 131.

The Chocolate War by Robert Cromier, Random House, Inc., 201 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022.

From The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend © 1982 by Sue Townsend. Reprinted by permission of Avon Books, Inc.

Text reprinted from Adolescence: The Survival Guide For Parents and Teenagers by Elizabeth Fenwick and Dr. Tony Smith with permission from DK Publishing, Inc.

Reprinted with the permission of Atheneum Books for Young Readers, and imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division from ANNIE'S PROMISE by Sonia Levitin. Copyright © 1993 Sonia Levitin.

Reprint with permission of Macmillan Library Reference USA, a Simon & Schuster Macmillan Company, from Teens With AIDS Speak Out by Mary Kittredge. A Julian Messner Book. Copyright © 1991 by Mary Kittredge.

Photo Credits

1 (top center), Mary Kate Denny/PhotoEdit; 8 (top center), Dean Beny/West Stock; 17 (top center), John Greim/West Stock; 27 (top center), Rob Brimson/FPG; 35 (top center), Rhoda Sidney/PhotoEdit; 43 (top center), Blair Seitz/Photo Researchers, Inc.; 52 (top center), Smithsonian Institute; 56 (top center), Dean Berry/West Stock; 61 (top center), Robin L. Sachs/PhotoEdit

Data Sources

pp. 3 and 5, Figures 1.2 and 1.3:

Csikszentminalyi, M., and R. Larson, Being Adolescent. New York: Basic Books, 1984.

p. 19, Figure 3.1:

Beach, F.A., Reproductive Behavior. eds. Mantagna, W., and W. A. Sadler. 1974.

p. 25, Statistics on sexual orientation: National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago, “Sex in America” Survey (1987 Federal AIDS Research completed in 1994).

p. 27, Statistics on sexual activity:

Centers for Disease Control. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, 1-18, November, 1991.

p. 28, Why do adolescents engage in sex?: Michael, et al., Sex in America, Little, Brown, New York, 1994.

p. 29, Adolescent sexual decisions: Rosenthal, D. A. and S. S. Feldman, “The Importance of Importance,” manuscript under review, 1998.

pp. 28 and 30, Figures 4.1 and 4.2:

1998 National Survey of Teens, p. 5, The Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025.

p. 37, Statistics on child sexual abuse:

Finkelhor, D., and J. Dziuba-Leatherman, “Victimization of Children,” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 1990, Vol. 55, pp. 530-541.

p. 40, Statistics on rape:

Michael, et al., Sex in America. New York: Little, Brown, 1994.

p. 52, Statistics on AIDS: Time magazine, February 16, 1998.

p. 54, Statistics on AIDS: CDC HIV AIDS Surveillance report, 7, No. 1, 1995: 5.

Originally Published by Everyday Learning Corporation

Everyday Learning Development Staff


Steve Mico

Leslie Morrison

Susan Zeitner


Fran Brown

Annette Davis

Jess Schaal

Norma Underwood

Additional Credits

Project Editor: Dennis McKee

Shepherd, Inc.

ISBN 1-57039-693-0

Stanford University's Middle Grades Life Science Curriculum Project was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The content of the Human Biology curriculum is the sole responsibility of Stanford University's Middle Grades Life Science Curriculum Project and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, or The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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