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Emerging AdulthoodThe Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties$
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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309379.001.0001

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Love and Sex

Love and Sex

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(p.73) 4 Love and Sex
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Emerging Adulthood
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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309379.003.0004

This chapter focuses on dating and sexual issues faced by emerging adults. The discussion starts with a look at the ways that emerging adults meet potential love partners, including the role that ethnic background plays in love choices. Sexuality, including emerging adults' reflections on their first episode of intercourse and their views of the circumstances that make premarital sex acceptable, is then explored. Finally, the chapter examines how the fear of AIDS shapes the sexual consciousness of emerging adults, as well as the experiences of emerging adults who have contracted sexually transmitted diseases.

Keywords:   emerging adulthood, love, sexual relationships, dating, sexuality, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, emerging adults

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