Childhood Sexuality: Normal Sexual Behavior and Development

Childhood Sexuality: Normal Sexual Behavior and Development

by Theo Sandfort
     
 

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What is “normal sexual behavior” in a child?

Childhood sexuality is an often neglected field in sex research. There is very little literature about what one might call “normal child sexual behavior.” The existing literature on child sexuality gives the impression that the only way in which children figure in sexological research is

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What is “normal sexual behavior” in a child?

Childhood sexuality is an often neglected field in sex research. There is very little literature about what one might call “normal child sexual behavior.” The existing literature on child sexuality gives the impression that the only way in which children figure in sexological research is as objects of sexual abuse. The child, as a subject learning about sexuality and capable of experiencing sexual pleasures, doesn't seem to exist in scholarly papers.

Childhood Sexuality: Normal Behavior and Development does not focus on sexual abuse but instead deals with what can be described as “normal” sexual behavior and development in children under age 12. This valuable book offers information about the relationship between age and sexual development, both mental and physical, in both males and females.

Childhood Sexuality: Normal Behavior and Development explores several issues, including:

  • what children ages two to six think or know about sexuality
  • the ways that children learn about sexuality and procreation
  • the process of body discovery among children
  • what normal sexual behaviors to expect in children of various ages
  • the importance of growing up in a positive environment
  • the differences in sexual development between children of the same age and gender
  • ways to get honest answers from children and parents about sexuality

    Comprehensive and enlightening, Childhood Sexuality examines the difficulties of gathering this information from children and gives insight into questions that need to be answered in the future. This guide delivers a diverse look at the complex and intriguing topic of normal child sexuality and the progress that is being made in this area of research.

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Booknews
The concern of the psychologist contributors is not sexual abuse, but the normal sexual behavior in children under age 12. They provide information about the relationship between age and sexual development, mental and physical, in males and females. The eight articles are also published as the vol. 12, nos. 1/2 (2000); earlier versions of most were presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research, held in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135788674
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
142
File size:
2 MB

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