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The roles and rules of law in sexual development.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12476256     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article provides an overview of the diverse sources of law that regulate sexual development and its resulting behaviors, dispositions, and outcomes. After exploring how the law influences sexuality by regulating families, schools, media, and social service delivery, the article examines the role of criminal and civil law in regulating partners influences on sexual relationships. The article then briefly analyses how the law influences the manner individuals themselves influence their intimate relationships and social environments. The article emphasizes that the necessary brevity of the overview masks many complexities but that existing laws and trends highlight how the law plays a dominant role in our lives, how the law seeks to promote certain dispositions, that the law must be harnessed to foster healthy relationships, and that contending with the law s dictates provides social scientists with important opportunities to foster social reform and structure healthy, supportive social environments conducive to responsible behaviors, attitudes, and dispositions.
Roger R J Levesque
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of sex research     Volume:  39     ISSN:  0022-4499     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sex Res     Publication Date:  2002 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-12-11     Completed Date:  2003-06-02     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0062647     Medline TA:  J Sex Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  46-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Criminal Justice, 302 Sycamore Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Civil Rights / legislation & jurisprudence
Criminal Law / legislation & jurisprudence
Family Relations / legislation & jurisprudence
Mass Media / legislation & jurisprudence
Psychosexual Development*
Public Policy
Schools / legislation & jurisprudence
Sexual Behavior*
Social Control, Formal*
Social Work / legislation & jurisprudence
United States

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