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Lecture 6 - Sexuality During Childhood and Adolescence

Lecture 6 - Sexuality During Childhood and Adolescence -...

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1 Sexuality During Childhood and Adolescence Sexual 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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2 Sexual 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 10-11 Physical Changes of Adolescence Puberty – reproductive organs mature – onset between 8 to 14 years – triggered by release of gonadotropins – signals testes and ovaries
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