Encyclopedia of Sexuality and Gender

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Emerging Adulthood

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59531-3_25-1
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Emerging adulthood is an important period for identity development, including sexuality development, with the majority of sexual activity among young adults occurring outside of marriage. For many individuals, early adulthood is a period in which they engage in the most liberal sexual behaviors in the course of their lifetimes. Trends suggest that emerging adult men and women exhibit similarities in their sexual behaviors, but there is evidence that men are more likely to engage in casual sexual activity. Additionally, although some sexual behavior among emerging adults today is similar to previous generations, young people today are more likely to have sex with a friend than in previous generations, such as in hookups and friends with benefits relationships.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology and Child Development DepartmentCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA
  2. 2.Political Science DepartmentCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA