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Sexual Behaviour in Adolescence for Nurses

Speciality Classification
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Healthy Child, eLH, NHS

This session aims to help you understand the range and epidemiology of normal sexual behaviour in adolescence. It will also create awareness of the issues relating to gender, sexual identity and implications of long-term illness for sexual function and health.


Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of a range of adolescent sexual behaviours
  • Compare adolescent sexual health in the UK with other developed countries
  • Discuss issues relating to gender and sexual identity in adolescents
  • Recognise the challenges of developing a sexual identity for young people with long-term illness


Adolescence is identified by the World Health Organisation as the period in human growth and development that occurs after childhood and before adulthood, from ages 10 to 19 years.

Adolescence is a critically important time in the lifecycle of human sexuality. Biologically, pubertal changes bring with them an increased sexual drive secondary to hormonal changes and sex assumes a much greater prominence in a young person’s awareness. External signs of puberty announce the adolescent’s new status of having reproductive capabilities.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete the following AH sessions:

  • 02_002 Concepts of Puberty (401-0005)
  • 02_005 Assessing Development Stage (401-0008)
  • 02_006 Assessing Development Stage (401-0009)
Instructors / Speakers
Andrea Goddard,
Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Andrea Goddard is a consultant paediatrician at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and clinical lead for child protection at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

She is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London and Designated Doctor for Child Protection for NHS Westminster and Lead Paediatrician for the three London Sexual Assault Referral Centres.

Her interest in social paediatrics and child maltreatment is complemented by an interest in adolescent health and child rights.

Sexual Behaviour in Adolescence for Nurses
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Children and young peoples health, Sexual health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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