Special Issue "Promiscuous Sexual Behaviors in Early Adolescence: Understanding the Psychological Implications"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Child and Adolescent Psychiatry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 675

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite researchers, practitioners, and scholars from the field of psychology and related disciplines to contribute original research articles, systematic reviews, theoretical perspectives, and empirical studies to deepen our understanding of the psychological aspects associated with promiscuous sexual behaviors in early adolescence.

This Special Issue aims to explore the multifaceted nature of promiscuous sexual behaviors in early adolescence and the potential psychological implications. We seek contributions that address a wide range of topics related to this theme, including but not limited to: factors influencing early engagement in promiscuity, such as individual characteristics, peer dynamics, family environment, media exposure, and societal influences; associations between promiscuous sexual behaviors and psychopathological symptoms, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, low self-esteem, identity confusion, and attachment difficulties; gender differences and variations in the psychological consequences of promiscuity; the exploration of protective factors and resilience among adolescents engaging in promiscuous sexual behaviors; and the examination of interventions, prevention strategies, and educational approaches aimed at promoting healthy sexual development and reducing the psychological risks associated with promiscuity.

Dr. Luca Cerniglia
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Children is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sexual behaviors
  • early adolescence
  • psychopathology

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A Psycho-Dynamically Oriented Reflection on Early Sexual Relationships in Pre-Adolescents
Children 2023, 10(7), 1270; https://doi.org/10.3390/children10071270 - 23 Jul 2023
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Pre-adolescence is generally considered a period of change during which sexual energy remains latent before gradually beginning to express itself in adolescence and later in life [...] Full article
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