Learning Objectives

After completing this chapter you should be able to:

  • Describe the progression of gender development from infancy through late adulthood, including common stereotypes and sex differences.
  • Compare and contrast biological, cognitive, and contextual accounts of gender role development.
  • Discuss the development of sexuality and sexual orientation.
  • Identify the forms that sexuality and sexual activity take from adolescence through late adulthood, as well as associated health issues.