This article stresses the fact that "emergence and display of sexuality in adolescence create conflicts in the family and society, that needs to be understood better."
A few days back, I met a worried gentleman in my office. His worry was about his “teenage” son, whom he suspects is “going down the wrong path.” The proof for this came when the boy got a tattoo in his arm without getting his father’s permission. My guess was that the boy had realized that he would not get the required permission if had asked and hence he chose to commit a lesser crime of not asking permission than defying orders. It was apparent that the father and son had been having a tussle on issues like haircuts, clothes, and facial hair for the past few months, and it only keeps worsening.
Adolescents have a need to explore and display their sexuality, which forms an essential part of their emerging identity. The media and popular culture and technology often determine the way this is done. The consensus and research on drug abuse and violence have shown that greater exposure to similar contents through media leads to the adoption of the same values and ideals in individuals.
Often one sees parents worried about messages posted on social media by their children. These displays often create tensions in the family. Our society’s attitude has one of ‘restriction’ than 'encouragement.' One would keep well to remember that it is as much about the adolescents as the parents.
These displays of adolescent sexuality often remind the aging parents of their own receding sexuality and often they struggle to come to terms with it. This creates anxiety and fear in them.
As for the gentleman and his son, few sessions of discussion about understanding adolescent psychology, the importance of watchful supervision with the father and discussion of health risks posed by tattoo needles to the son was enough to settle the issue. Adolescents need to make informed, responsible choices.
Consult a psychologist counsellor online to know more about adolescent psychology --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/psychologist-counsellor
Last reviewed at:
17 Dec 2018 - 1 min read
Query: Hello doctor, My wife is having a red eye. We are thinking that it is spreading to the other eye too. We visited an ophthalmologist and she said that it is viral conjunctivitis. She has prescribed Gatifloxacin eye drops four to five times a day and Moxicip ointment at night. This was three days bac... Read Full »
Article Overview: The recent epidemic of student suicides is not only disheartening and unfortunate but also happens to represent the tip of the iceberg of a highly prevalent and often neglected phenomenon, namely 'student stress. Read Article
Introduction: Everyone says stress is a part of one's life, and some stress levels can be good for us because the right kind of stress makes us move towards change and growth. But when stress takes place for an extended period of time, it becomes a burden and can even increase the risk of health. H... Read Article
Query: Hello doctor, I have a red rash with small red dots on my penis. My previous partner cheated on me one year ago. Tonight, I made out with a girl. Both of us were dressed. There was a lot of rubbing. There is no itchiness or pain when I pee. Can it be an STD from my ex a year ago which was my last u... Read Full »
Most Popular Articles
Do you have a question on Adolescent Sexuality or Parents' Anxiety?Ask a Doctor Online