Sexual Behavior and Attitudes to Life in Adolescence



The paper analyses the peculiarities of norms regulating sexual activity in adolescence. Various types of attitudes towards norms restricting sexual activity in adolescence are matched with respondents’ life values, emotional well-being, evaluation of their future perspectives and styles of sexual behavior. Methods. The data was obtained in an anonymous survey that involved 1540 students of 7th, 9th and 11th grades of secondary and high schools. Questions were aimed at exploring the types of adolescents’ attitudes towards the age-related restricting norm regulating sexual activity, their life attitudes, and styles of sexual behavior. Results. The data reveals gender and age specifics concerning various types of adolescents’ attitudes towards restriction in sexual activity. Girls are more likely to follow the restricting norm. We distinguished between developmental stages in the transformation of girls’ and boys’ attitudes towards norms regulating admissibility of sexual activity. Conclusion. The results allow us to conclude that the dismissal of the age-related norm restricting sexual activity in adolescence is linked to the basic value transformations in adolescence.

General Information

Keywords: adolescence, sexual activity, prohibitive norm, life attitude, style of sexual behavior, gender specifics, developmental dynamics

Journal rubric: Empirical Researches

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Sobkin V.S., Fedotova A.V. Sexual Behavior and Attitudes to Life in Adolescence. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2020. Vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 127–147. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2020280108. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Vladimir S. Sobkin, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Academician of the Russian Academy of Education, Head of the Center for Sociology of Education, Institute of Education Management, Center for Modern Problems of Modern Education at the Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alexandra V. Fedotova, researcher, Center for Sociology of Education FSBSI «Institute of Education Management, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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