The postmodern representation of youth sexuality tells of new generations in appearance suited to an unconventional and disengaged relationality, exposed to the risks of occasional experimentation. In fact, against a disclosure of common sense too often tainted by media overexposure of private behavior - which not rarely indulges even the scientific debate - young Italians experiences of intimacy occur prevalently traditionalist and sensitive to old and new forms of social control. The survey aims to resize the libertarian mythology built around the postmodern use of intimate relationships by new generations, analyzing emerging patterns in terms of attitudes, behaviors and specific sexual practices. Were interviewed 258 subjects (114 M, 144 F) enrolled on psychological area courses (mean age 24.3 years, SD 3.09). The issues investigated are: personal data and family of origin; religion and leisure; school, college and friendships; emotions and relationships; opinions and attitudes; pleasure, practice and experimentation. Our results confirm lack of association between representations (individual judgments) and actions (relational biography), a persistent gender differentiation - especially in terms of ethical reprobation and expectations - and strategies in testing sexuality that are substantially filtered by traditional order and legitimate social roles (family, affective couple).
Keywords: Youth, relationality, affectivity, sexuality, social patterns, sexual practices.