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sexual behavior


Subject Psychology

Key-Topics sexualities

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631202899.1996.x


The field encompasses biological and behavioral substrates of genitally oriented arousal and reproduction, which among humans includes the study of gender, close relationships , sexual orientation, deviance , antisocial behavior, and dysfunction. Theories applied to findings in this field range from social learning and socialization to social cognition and role theory . The contribution of two major components of contemporary social psychology to sexual behavior will be examined. Attribution underlies a wide range of responses found within human sexuality, as well as being a cornerstone of social cognition ( see attribution theories ). The second component, affect, also plays an important role in social behavior, by mediating situational and individual difference variables. Thus attribution and affect will be jointly used to review many of the topics considered within human sexuality, as summarized by Kelley and Byrne (1992) and Baron and Byrne (1991) . With regard to sexual development, children tend to proceed from a state of relative unawareness of sexual labels through a gradual recognition of the sexual connotations of thought, action, and feeling. The self-attribution that one is a sexual being occurs as a developmental process. Feelings of anticipation of the physical changes associated with puberty and a greater awareness of sexual meanings are learned as adolescence ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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