We can divide this stage into two periods, according to the two decades it covers: the one that goes from 20 to 30 years, and the one that reaches 40. In the first one, the person suffers from a multitude of changes, especially on the psychological level. It is a time when decisions are made that will mark the rest of life (life model, work, marriage, responsibilities). On the sexuality level, it is a time to experience, know, seek and deepen one’s sexual expression.
Uncertainty coexist with complete satisfaction, and adolescent concern about sex skills is still present. If in any aspect of life beliefs and education shape behaviour, the same thing happens in sexuality. To the extent that one is mature enough to ask oneself about principles and norms of sexuality, each person has the possibility to develop his/her sexual sphere freely and to live his/her sexual orientation (heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual) to the fullest extent possible. In the second stage, at least it is expected to culminate, the orientation of desire, the type of life, marital status and stability with the couple, or, if preferred, in solitary.
All of these are aspects that have an impact on sexual behaviour, although anatomical, psychological and emotional conditions do not disappear, and memories of past stages, fantasies, associations and expectations that make up the framework from which sexual behaviour arises are still present.
Sexually Healthy Adult
Has knowledge and skills that contribute to sexual enjoyment and health.
- She enjoys and expresses her sexuality throughout her life.
- It expresses its sexuality in a manner consistent with its values.
- It discriminates between sexual behaviors that enhance your life and those that are harmful to yourself and/or others.
- Expresses his sexuality while respecting the rights of others.
- Look for new information to improve your sexuality.
- It establishes sexual relations that are characterized by honesty, fairness and responsibility.
- Use contraceptives effectively to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
- Prevents sexual abuse.
- It acts consistently with its own values if it has to deal with an unwanted pregnancy.
- Seek pre-natal care early in pregnancy.
- Avoids contracting and transmitting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
- Practice health-promoting behaviors such as regular checkups, self-examinations of the breasts and testicles, and early identification of potential problems.
Society and culture
- Shows respect for people with different sexual values and lifestyles.
- Recognizes intergenerational value conflicts among family members.
- It assesses the impact of family, culture, religion, media and social messages on their own thoughts, feelings, values and behaviours related to sexuality.
- Promotes the right to receive accurate and scientific information about sexuality.
- Avoid conduct that exhibits prejudice and intolerance.
- It rejects stereotypes about the sexual expression of various cultural groups.
- He appreciates his own body.
- Look for playback information as needed.
- It considers that human development includes sexuality, which may or may not include reproduction or genital sexual experience.
- She relates to both sexes in a respectful and appropriate manner.
- Affirms their sexual orientation and will respect the sexual orientation of others.
- Human relations
- Look for a source of support in the family.
- Expresses love and intimacy appropriately.
- Develops and maintains meaningful relationships.
- It avoids the relations of exploitation and manipulation.
- Make informed decisions about family choices and lifestyles.
- Develops skills that enhance personal relationships.
- Understands how cultural heritage affects ideas about family, interpersonal relationships, sexuality, morality.
- He identifies himself and lives according to his values.
- He takes responsibility for his own behavior.
- Practice effective decision making.
- Communicates effectively with family, parents and partners.