Neuromuscular Disease and Sexuality in Adolescents

  • Jennifer Michaels
  • Vicki Barnett
Part of the Current Clinical Neurology book series (CCNEU)


Adolescence has been described as the period of “storm and stress” when persons confront the developmental challenge of forming an identity. This period is precipitated by physical maturation, and involves separation-individuation from parents, as well as exposure to varied intrapersonal and interpersonal roles that allow the individual to forge a separate sense of self. If the task is accomplished successfully, identity achievement results, rather than identity diffusion and an inadequate sense of self. The individual possesses opinions, ideals, and goals different than those of his parents. Competence is gained in interpersonal skills; sexual identity is consolidated and concertized, as well. Strax (1) outlines four tasks of adolescence: develop an identity, achieve independence from parents, establish relationships outside the home, and find a vocation.


Sexual Identity Spinal Muscular Atrophy Interpersonal Skill Neuromuscular Disease Neuromuscular Disorder 
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  • Jennifer Michaels
  • Vicki Barnett

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