Explain why the development of a meaningful relationship can be important to the development of an individual’s sexuality

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The development of a meaningful relationship is often important to the development of an individual’s sexuality because it allows them to develop intimacy and share experiences with another person without sexual intercourse.

As the relationship between the individuals develops there will be opportunities for them to learn about each other and their likes and dislikes, including their sexual preferences. It will also allow them to try out new things with each other and develop closeness, understanding and empathy.