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Conclusion: Understanding Adolescent Sexual Development and the Law in the Digital Era 

Conclusion: Understanding Adolescent Sexual Development and the Law in the Digital Era
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Conclusion: Understanding Adolescent Sexual Development and the Law in the Digital Era
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Christopher W. Racine

and Stephen Bates Billick

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199945597.003.0015
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date: 16 June 2019

This book has reviewed the current understanding of adolescent sexual development in a world where electronic technologies are ever-expanding. The legal, moral, and ethical implications and concerns that arise from this understanding are considered. As technology advances, the importance of protecting the liberties of adolescents as they seek to explore their sexuality in the digital age will need to be balanced against providing appropriate protections from these new dangers. A multidisciplinary approach involving law enforcement, clinicians, legislators, parents, lawyers, and adolescents themselves will be helpful in striking this balance as technologies continue to evolve. Innovative and flexible research initiatives, legislative strategies, preventive educational programs, and treatment approaches will all be important in helping youths to achieve normative sexual development in the twenty-first century.

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