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Why is Intimacy an Adolescent Issue?

Why is Intimacy an Adolescent Issue?

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Why Is Intimacy AnWhy Is Intimacy AnAdolescent Issue?Adolescent Issue?
Intimacy: not necessarily have aIntimacy: not necessarily have asexual or physical componentsexual or physical component
True intimacy: characterized byTrue intimacy: characterized byopenness, honesty, self-disclosure, andopenness, honesty, self-disclosure, andtrusttrust
Intimacy becomes an importantIntimacy becomes an importantconcern because of changesconcern because of changesincluding puberty, cognitive changes,including puberty, cognitive changes,and social changesand social changes
Not until adolescence do trulyNot until adolescence do trulyintimate relationships first emergeintimate relationships first emergeInsert DAL photo
 
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Theoretical PerspectivesTheoretical Perspectiveson Adolescent Intimacyon Adolescent Intimacy
Sullivan’s Theory of InterpersonalSullivan’s Theory of InterpersonalDevelopmentDevelopment
Emphasized the social, rather than theEmphasized the social, rather than thebiological aspects of growth, and thatbiological aspects of growth, and thatpsychological development can be bestpsychological development can be bestunderstood in interpersonal termsunderstood in interpersonal terms 
Theory focuses on transformations inTheory focuses on transformations inrelationships over the lifespanrelationships over the lifespan
 
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Theoretical PerspectivesTheoretical Perspectiveson Adolescent Intimacyon Adolescent Intimacy
Sullivan’sSullivan’sDevelopmental ProgressionDevelopmental Progression
Infancy: need for contact and for tendernessInfancy: need for contact and for tenderness
Early childhood: need for adult participationEarly childhood: need for adult participation
Middle childhood: need for peers and peer acceptanceMiddle childhood: need for peers and peer acceptance
 
Preadolescence: need for intimacyPreadolescence: need for intimacy
Early adolescence: need for sexual contact andEarly adolescence: need for sexual contact andintimacy with opposite-sex peer intimacy with opposite-sex peer 
Late adolescence: need for integration into adultLate adolescence: need for integration into adultsocietysociety

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