Attitudes towards Sexual Behaviour among Young People



At the center of psychology of sexuality research problematics of the first decades of the twenty first century was the influence of information technologies and virtualization of culture on the weakening of restraint in sexual behavior. Promiscuous sexual behavior is associated with the demise of traditional family structures and marriage institutions, resuling in increasing health risk on the national scale. The risk group that calls for special attention is young people who are most actively using new technologies and at the same time experiencing a lack of skills in the area of emotional and behavior regulation. Researches in this area try to identify factors behind youth promiscuity: a link between such behavior and increased environmental stresses and unsafe parenting styles have been established. Studies in recent years have, for the first time, revealed a link between the unrestricted use of communication technologies and the choice of promiscuous sexual behavior among young people. It was also established that such sexual behavior was linked to distress, increased risks of sexual harassment and harm to physical health in this age group. The data obtained in these recent studies indicate the presence of a complex problem associated with the psychosexual development of young people, set the task of possible ways to regulate as well as foster self- regulation of sexual behavior adolescence.

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Keywords: promiscuous sexual behavior, unrestricted sexual behavior (promiscuity), the culture of sexual behavior, norms of sexual culture, young people

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology


For citation: Konina M.A. Attitudes towards Sexual Behaviour among Young People [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psychological-Educational Studies, 2018. Vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 15–22. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2018100402. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Muza A. Konina, Clinical psychologist, Sukhareva Center for Scientific and Applied Research of the Mental Health of Children and Adolescents, Moscow Health Department, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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