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This paper explores the effects of ones context and biology on sexual and romantic development in youth and young adults I find it perplexing that children mature very differently in terms of their sexuality This brings to question whether nature or nurture controls ones sexuality and romantic relationships Many authors debate over the importance of hormones and biological factors versus environmental factors in relation to sexual development Despite Freuds notion parental influence determines a childs sexual development many instances show that even healthy parenting results in children with unhealthy sex lives For this reason authors seek evidence supporting the importance of hormones as an influence on an adolescents sexual maturation However other authors seek support for the importance of contextual influence on a persons sexual development So does a childs sexual and romantic development depend on biological or environmental factors or a combination of both Environmental Influences on SexualRomantic Development Cyranowski and Andersen 1998 investigate how sexual self-schemas are cognitive generalizations about sexual aspects of the self Also these authors explore the importance of early attachment relationships in infants and maturing adolescents to sexual development These views about sexual aspects of the self sexual self-schemas derive from past experiences manifest in current sexual cognition and guide sexual behavior Cyranowski and Andersen 1 Attachment patterns first develop within early infant-caregiver relationships therefore differences in the nature of and quality of these early interactions may result in the development of alternative internal working models or schemas regarding the self and self-other interactions 3 The Attachment Theory suggests ones earliest cognitive representations are those regarding ones self and relationships with others which develop from infancy 15 The quality of these early relationships influences the development of mental models affecting later relationships In other words if early caretakers are neglectful or inconsistent the child may develop schemas of attachment relations as unavailable or inconsistent and may concomitantly develop schemas of the self as unworthy or unlovable 15 These
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