FMLY 1010 Lecture 56: Lecture 56

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Family Social Sciences
FMLY 1010
Christine A.Schippers

OD88729 Support groups, social groups positively affect both mothers and their babies, improve outcomes for teenaged fathers Sexual Minority Youth (325) Gay Lesbian Bisexual Adolescents 92 teens identify themselves as heterosexual 7 unsure, 1 gay, lesbian, bisexual 94 adults heterosexual 5 gay, lesbian, bisexual Twin studies: one identical twin is gay, 5060 other twin is also 20 for fraternal 11 paired in same family, not biologically related Studies suggest families of gay men have higher proportion of homosexual males than do families of heterosexual men Strengthen that homosexuality has biological basis, but environment also plays a role Prenatal hormone patterns may be one factor Gradual process, start in middle childhood then become fully aware and selfaccepted in early adulthood Transgendered Teens (326) Psychological gender is opposite of biological sex o Could have been exposed to atypical amounts of androgens in womb o Report being interested in opposite sex activities at early age Most do not exhibit transgenderism after puberty such behaviors on part of children are not considered predictive of development of transgenderism in adolescence o More likely to suffer from depression, commit suicide, Once accept, live as opposite gender transsexualism Undergo hormonal treatment, surgery to achieve match between biological and psychological feelings usually only for adults Most are happy with results if they go through with it (50 only go through with procedure) and experience relief ADOLESCENT HEALTH Sensation Seeking (327) Desire to experience increased levels of arousal Leads to recklessness, increased rates of accidents and injuries in this age range drive to fast, too close, switch lanes provinces implement graduated drivers program Car accidents leading cause of deaths in teens 1519 but have fallen by 55 since 1980 for death and by 33 for injuries, now 40 alcohol related deaths while driving compared to 70 in 1980 Risky behavior more common in adolescence help teenagers gain peer acceptance and establish autonomy permissive parenting also contributes
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