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Sexuality and intimate relationships in adolescence

ByBruna Zani, Elvira Cicognani

The aims of this chapter are to investigate the emergence and development of affective and sexual relationships during adolescence. Specifically, we will discuss the social and cultural context in which today’s adolescents develop their affective relationships, the emergence of romantic and sexual relationships, patterns of sexual activity, preventive behaviors and risk taking in the domain of sexual relationships, and pregnancy and abortion during adolescence.