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In today’s Home Economics class, We will be discussing Adolescence and Sexuality. We hope you enjoy the class!
ADOLESCENCE AND SEXUALITY
- MEANING OF ADOLESCENCE
- CHARACTERISTICS OF ADOLESCENCE
- SPECIAL NEEDS AND CHALLENGES
- MEANING AND EXPRESSION OF SEXUALITY
Adolescence is the period in every person’s life that lies between the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. It is a period of life when you prepare to be an adult. An adolescent is a boy or girl that is passing through the adolescent period.
CHARACTERISTICS OF ADOLESCENCE
The adolescent boys or girls generally:
- Feel hungry easily. This is because they are growing fast and therefore need extra food.
- They try to gain independence from their parents.
- They may bother about their appearance.
- Adolescents could start being attracted to the opposite sex.
- The boy or girl has an outlook of adulthood and not that of a child.
- They could show concern about their future.
- Adolescents have emotional changes, being anxious, moody or irritable.
- Some may be aggressive and not submissive
SPECIAL NEEDS AND CHALLENGES OF ADOLESCENT
- Adjustment: They have problems adjusting to their physical changes. At this time, they are often uncomfortable, and anxious.
- Peer pressure: They always want to go along with their peers in the area of dressing and expression of sexuality.
- Physical needs: These arise as a result of the physical changes in them. For instance, they need new clothes to replace outgrown ones, brassiere as their breasts develop, etc.
- Independence: They often want to do things their own way. They dislike being directed by an elder.
- Status problem: They want to behave like adults when they are not yet fully adults. For instance, girls may try putting on make-ups, boys may try to smoke.
- Need for Achievement: Adolescents want to excel. When they fail, they become unhappy.
- Parental understanding and support: Parents should understand what their adolescent children are passing through. They should also provide for their needs and be more tolerant.
- State three characteristics of adolescence.
- State three special needs and challenges of an adolescent.
MEANING AND EXPRESSION OF SEXUALITY
Sexuality refers to having an interest in or engaging in a reproductive act between a male and a female.
Sexuality is expressed by both male and female through:
- Exchange of gifts between the opposite sexes. Such gifts may be as snacks, some express words of love.
- Some go to the extent of touching others with their lips (kisses).
- Being attracted to one another or falling in love with the opposite sex.
- Caresses: boys especially love and enjoy touching or holding the opposite sex while moving or discussing. Some girls enjoy doing the same.
Sexuality Related information can be obtained through:
– Reading of novel
– Watching film of interest
– Watching videos
– Engaging in or listening to discussion among peers, parents, radios etc.
– Reading newspapers and magazines
GENERAL EVALUATION QUESTIONS
- Explain some of the challenges that adolescent can face.
- Explain two ways sexuality can be expressed.
- Explain three responsibilities of a good homemaker.
- Narrate two qualities of a good homemaker.
- Mention three ways of resolving conflicts in the family.
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