1Sexuality During Childhood and AdolescenceSexual Behavior During Infancy and Childhood•Infant sexuality– Capacity for sexual response present from birth– Infants engage in self-pleasuring activity– Unable to differentiate sexual from sensual pleasure•Childhood sexuality– Normative behavior not well studied– Sexual behavior is normal part of development
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2Sexual Behavior During Infancy and Childhood (cont.)•Childhood sexuality (cont.)– Masturbation starts at 2-3 years•Parental concerns– Sex play starts 4-7 years•Can be same or other sex…. Does not usually reflect sexual orientation– 5-7 year olds begin to enact marriage scripts– Interest in bodily changes starts at 10-11Physical Changes of Adolescence•Puberty– reproductive organs mature– onset between 8 to 14 years– triggered by release of gonadotropins– signals testes and ovaries