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Examining the Development and Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Males

  • Mary A. Ott
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    Address correspondence to: Mary A. Ott, M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine, 410 West 10th Street, HS 1001, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
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    Section of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
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      Abstract

      A careful examination of young men's sexuality by health professionals in pediatrics, primary care, and reproductive health is foundational to adolescent male sexual health and healthy development. Through a review of existing published data, this article provides background and a developmental framework for sexual health services for adolescent boys. The article first defines and provides an overview of adolescent boys' sexual health, and then discusses developmentally focused research on the following topics: (1) early romantic relationships and the evolution of power and influence within these relationships; (2) developmental “readiness” for sex and curiosity; (3) boys' need for closeness and intimacy; (4) adopting codes of masculinity; (5) boys' communicating about sex; and (6) contextual influences from peers, families, and providers. This article concludes by examining the implications of these data for sexual health promotion efforts for adolescent males, including human papillomavirus vaccination.

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          The article, “Examining the Development and Sexual Behavior of Adolescent Males” (Journal of Adolescent Health 2010, Volume 46, Number 4S) incorrectly describes the subjects of Tolman et al's study, cited as reference 45 on page S6. The subjects of Tolman's study were 8th grade boys.
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