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The parents of a 15-year-old female patient are very worried about their daughter's crush on a female figure-skating celebrity. They don't want to repress her burgeoning sexuality, but they are wary of allowing her to choose a path that they feel will set her against society. You should advise them that:
  • Adolescence is associated with many crises of identity, and they should help their daughter choose the path that will further her life-goals.
  • Adolescence is associated with many crises of identity, and they should let their daughter find her own way.
  • Heterosexual and homosexual crushes are common at this age and are not necessarily predictive of future sexual orientation.
  • Homosexual crushes are common at this age and will not define an adolescent's sexuality unless accompanied by homosexual experiences.
  • Sexual preference is possibly partly genetic, and is probably fixed by the onset of adolescence.
 

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^ yup the answer is - C

Also I read in Kaplan that it is normal doe adolescents to have homosexual experiences in their teen years as they put their sexual preference in practical terms. Therefore you can rule out Choice D.
 

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Correct!

Maybe that one was too easy... or maybe you guys are too smart! :cool:

The correct answer is C: Heterosexual and homosexual crushes are common at this age and are not necessarily predictive of future sexual orientation.
A&B: Late adolescence is associated with identity crisis, in which sexuality plays a part. However, intervention in choice of sexual preference is neither recommended nor cautioned against in our book - and, indeed, since C is true, is probably not a good idea!
D: is incorrect, since even homosexual experiences are normal at this age and are not necessarily predictive of future sexual orientation.
E: the etiology of sexual preference is not really known.
(reference: Fadem, Behavioral Science in Medicine p. 28)
 
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