Sexual Development in Childhood

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Overview

Approached with either "indifference" or "panic" in our culture, discussion of childhood sexuality remains submerged within political and moral debates that have historically impededits understanding. In contrast, Sexual Development in Childhood brings together respected researchers and clinicians to assess the current state of knowledge about childhood sexuality. The result is a comprehensive presentation of the latest research that is rational, balanced, and thorough.

The wide-ranging essays in Sexual Development in Childhood seek collectively to answer many of the most vital questions in the field of childhood development. What is childhood sexuality, and why should it be studied? How should it be measured, and what research methods are most useful? What are the current empirical results of research, and in what direction do these studies intend to go in the future? The essays offered in answer to these questions propose to help us understand both the normal range of sexual development in children and the consequences of abusive sexual experiences—objectives that should make this volume an essential resource for teachers, advocates, and social policy professionals as well as for researchers and clinicians.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
"The book as a whole takes a major step forward in opening up research and discussion on the subject. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; professionals; general readers." —Choice, July 2004
Choice - V. L. Bullough
This book grew out of a Kinsey Institute workshop, at which 30 or so invited guests summarized their previously circulated papers on childhood sexuality. The volume includes both the papers and the discussion. Historian Philip Jenkins opens by emphasizing what he called the research pendulum on childhood sexuality: interest in the subject has swung several times between intense concern and research and virtual neglect. Clearly, childhood sexuality is now a popular topic. Essays address methodological issues and the importance of getting a wide variety of subjects. The two concluding papers summarize problems and prospects: Diane di Mauro outlines a pattern for future research but also emphasizes the importance of finding ways of disseminating the findings to the public and interested groups; Bancroft, the editor of the collection, reemphasizes the lack of knowledge about sexual development of children and urges that developing more effective methods of studying the subject should be a priority. The book as a whole takes a major step forward in opening up research and discussion on the subject. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper—division undergraduates through faculty; professionals; general readers.V. L. Bullough, emeritus, California State University, Northridge, Choice, July 2004
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This book grew out of a Kinsey Institute workshop, at which 30 or so invited guests summarized their previously circulated papers on childhood sexuality. The volume includes both the papers and the discussion. Historian Philip Jenkins opens by emphasizing what he called the research pendulum on childhood sexuality: interest in the subject has swung several times between intense concern and research and virtual neglect. Clearly, childhood sexuality is now a popular topic. Essays address methodological issues and the importance of getting a wide variety of subjects. The two concluding papers summarize problems and prospects: Diane di Mauro outlines a pattern for future research but also emphasizes the importance of finding ways of disseminating the findings to the public and interested groups; Bancroft, the editor of the collection, reemphasizes the lack of knowledge about sexual development of children and urges that developing more effective methods of studying the subject should be a priority. The book as a whole takes a major step forward in opening up research and discussion on the subject. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper—division undergraduates through faculty; professionals; general readers.

—V. L. Bullough, emeritus, California State University, Northridge "Choice" (01/01/2004)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253342430
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Kinsey Institute Series
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

John Bancroft was trained in medicine at Cambridge University and in psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He has been Director of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, and Professor of Psychiatry at Indiana University since May 1995. He is the author of Human Sexuality and Its Problems, and was founding editor of Annual Review of Sex Research.

Contributors:
Contributors are Matthew C. Aalsma, Douglas B. Alexander, J. Michael Bailey, John Bancroft, John E. Bates, Christopher R. Browning, Joseph A. Catania, John D. DeLamater, Diane diMauro, Kenneth A. Dodge, Anke A. Ehrhardt, David Finkelhor, J. Dennis Fortenberry, Suzanne G. Frayser, William N. Friedrich, Mariana Gatzeva, Amy R. Heard-Davison, Julia R. Heiman, Debra L. Herbenick, Gilbert Herdt, Janet Shibley Hyde, Erick Janssen, Philip Jenkins, Marjoke Laan, Edward O. Laumann, Jay H. Mayefsky, Carol McCord, Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg, Susan F. Newcomer, Sarah E. Oberlander, Lucia F. O'Sullivan, Jay P. Paul, Gregory S. Pettit, Elsie M. Pinkston, Lance M. Pollack, Jany Rademakers, Meredith A. Reynolds, Stephanie A. Sanders, Jennifer Lynne Steel, Cornelis J. Straver, Jeffry W. Thigpen, Deborah L. Tolman, Arnout van de Rijt, Johan Verhulst, Kenneth J. Zucker

David Finkelhor is Director of Crimes Against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment, and family violence since 1977. He is well known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence, and other forms of family violence. In his recent work, he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. He is editor and author of 10 books and over 75 journal articles and chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

J. Dennis Fortenberry

Suzanne G. Frayser

William Friedrich

Cynthia Graham

Julia R. Heiman

Debra Herbenick

Gilbert Herdt

Janet Shibley Hyde

Erick Janssen

Philip Jenkins

Edward O. Laumann is George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Since joining the University in 1973, he has acted as the editor of the American Journal of Sociology, chair of the department of sociology, dean of the division of social sciences, provost of the University of Chicago, and is currently director of the Ogburn Stouffer Center for Population and Social Organization. Professor Laumann's publications include Chicago Lawyers: The Structure of the Bar, The Organizational State: Social Choice in National Policy Domains, The Hollow Core: Interest Representation in National Policymaking, The Social Organization of Sexuality, Sex, Love, and Health in America, and Sex in the City.

Carol McCord

Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg

Susan Newcomer

Lucia O'Sullivan

Jay Paul

Elsie M. Pinkston,

Jany Rademakers

Meredith Reynolds

Stephanie Sanders

Jeffry W. Thigpen

Deborah L. Tolman is Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Gender and Sexuality Project at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College, where she is also an Associate Director. She is the author of Dilemmas of Desire: Adolescent Girls Talk about Sexuality (Harvard University Press, 2002). Her recent research activities include a longitudinal study of female and male adolescent sexual health, including positive as well as risky aspects of sexuality and relationships, and the impact of media on adolescent sexuality.

Kenneth J. Zucker

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

TOC:
John Bancroft
Introduction

Part 1. The Historical Context

Philip Jenkins
Watching the Research Pendulum

Part 2. Methodological Aspects

Lucia O'Sullivan
Methodological Issues Associated with Studies of Child Sexual Behavior

Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg and Jennifer L. Steel
Using the Parents as Source of Information About the Child with Special Emphasis on the Sex Problems Scale of the Child Behavior Checklist

Ken Zucker
Discussion Paper

General Discussion

Cynthia Graham
Methodological Issues involved in Adult Recall of Childhood Sexual Experiences

Meredith A. Reynolds and Debra L. Herbenick
Using Computer-Assisted Self-Interview (CASI) for Recall of Childhood Sexual Experiences

Janet Shibley Hyde
The Use of Meta-analysis in Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse

Susan Newcomer
Discussion Paper

General Discussion

Part 3. Some new studies of normal sexual development

William N. Friedrich
Studies of Sexuality of Nonabused Children

Jany Rademakers, Marjoke Laan and Cees J. Straver
Body Awareness and Physical Intimacy: An Exploratory Study

Anke Ehrhardt
Discussion Paper

General Discussion

Meredith A. Reynolds, Debra L. Herbenick and John H. Bancroft
The Nature of Childhood Sexual Experiences: Two Studies 50 Years Apart

John Bancroft, Debra Herbenick and Meredith Reynolds
Masturbation as a Marker of Sexual Development: Two Studies 50 Years Apart

John DeLamater
Discussion Paper: Normative Sexual Development in Childhood and Adolescence

Deborah Tolman
Discussion Paper

General Discussion

John E. Bates, Douglas Alexander, Sarah Oberlander, Kenneth A. Dodge, and Gregory S. Pettit
Antecedents of Sexual Activity at Ages 17 and 18 in a Community Sample Followed from Age 5

Part 4. Cross-Cultural Aspects

Jeffry W. Thigpen, Elsie M. Pinkston and Jay H. Mayefsky
Cross-cultural aspects - the African American perspective

Suzanne G. Frayser
Cultural Dimensions of Childhood Sexuality in the United States

Gilbert Herdt
Discussion Paper

General Discussion

Part 5. Retrospective studies of effects of child sexual abuse on adolescent sexuality

Edward O. Laumann, Christopher Browning, Arnout van de Rijg, and Mariana Gatzeva
Sexual Contact Between Children and Adults: A Life Course Perspective with Special Reference to Men

Jay Phillip Paul, Joseph A. Catania and Lance Pollack
Childhood/Adolescent Sexual Coercion Among Men who have Sex with Men: Understanding Patterns of Sexual Behavior and Sexual Risk

J. Dennis Fortenberry and Matthew C. Aalsma
Abusive Sexual Experiences Before Age 12 and Adolescent Sexual Behaviors

David Finkelhor
Discussion Paper

General discussion

Part 6. Theoretical models for mediating mechanisms

Christopher R. Browning and Edward O. Laumann
The Social Context of Adaptation to Childhood Sexual Maltreatment: A Life Course Perspective

Julia R. Heiman, Johan Verhulst and Amy Heard-Davison
Childhood Sexuality and Adult Sexual Relationships: How are they Connected by Data and by Theory?

Carol McCord
Discussion Paper

Michael Bailey
Discussion Paper

General Discussion

Part 7. Towards a consensus

Diane DiMauro
Conclusions from Research, Policy and Advocacy Perspectives

John Bancroft
Conclusions from a Theoretical Perspective

General Discussion

Conference Participants

Index

Indiana University Press

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