Psychosexual development in adolescents with chronic medical illnesses

Title

Psychosexual development in adolescents with chronic medical illnesses

Creator

Lock J

Publisher

Psychosomatics

Date

1998

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; Male; Sick Role; adolescent; Adaptation; Psychological; Adolescent Transitions; Chronic Disease/psychology; Psychosexual Development

Description

The author provides a literature review and developmental formulation, with the goal to assist clinicians working with medically ill adolescents with psychosexual issues. MEDLINE and PsychINFO database searches of English-language medical journal articles published between 1986 and 1997 for articles related to medical illness and psychosexual development in adolescence were done. The author found that little systematic research on the psychosexual implications of medical illnesses for adolescents has been undertaken, but existing studies suggest that psychosexual development is negatively affected by medical illness. A three-phase model of adolescent psychosexual development is presented, with specific psychosexual tasks associated with each phase. Impediments to progressing through adolescent psychosexual phases due to medical conditions are identified, and case examples are provided. The author concludes that clinicians working with adolescents with medical conditions should attend to the possibility of psychosexual impediments in these adolescents and use developmentally appropriate methods for assessing and treating these difficulties when they arise.
1998

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Citation

Lock J, “Psychosexual development in adolescents with chronic medical illnesses,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 21, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12248.