Youth’s sexual relationships and development: Improving our understanding through a dynamic systems approach

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Abstract

Youth sexuality is a fascinating phenomenon, characterized by multiple manifestations; linked to multiple ecological correlates; and developed through multiple pathways. As this diversity of developmental pathways indicates a need for utilizing a dynamic systems (DS) approach to model typical changes and transitions in youth’s sexual trajectories, this chapter presents a first an overview of how this approach is represented in the current literature. I first sketch dynamics in the approach of youth sexuality research over the past decades, after which I summarize trends in longitudinal research, focusing on a distinction between macro-, meso-, and micro-time development. After illustrating current applications of a DS approach in youth sexuality research, I discuss how the DS approach can be further incorporated in future research. In the final section, I argue how improving our understanding of youth’s sexual relationships and development through a DS approach leads to improved practical applicability for relational and sexual health promotion strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychosocial development in adolescence
Subtitle of host publicationInsights from the dynamic systems approach
EditorsS. Kunnen, N.M.P. de Ruiter, B.F. Jeronimus, M.A.E. van der Gaag
Place of PublicationAbingdon, U.K.
Pages160-176
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781315165844
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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