7 Sexuality Early Development

7 Sexuality Early Development - Development of Sexuality...

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Development of Sexuality across Development of Sexuality across the Lifespan: the Lifespan: Birth to Adolescence Birth to Adolescence
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Physical and Psychosexual Development Psychosexual development- involves the psychological aspects of sexuality How does culture family media and other factors affect children’s feelings of sexuality.
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Infancy Infant sexuality based on observation/inference Communication through smiling gesturing crying Experience the world through sense of tough, babies derive pleasure from stroking, cuddling, bathing, and tactile stimulation
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Infancy (0-2) Prenatal sexuality Ultrasound images of fetuses in utero show that a male fetus can experience an erection even before birth (some baby boys are born with erections) Infants show interest in exploring their own genitals. Genital stimulation is common (esp btw 6 months and 1 year) They will touch themselves , even while very young they may thrust their pelvis against pillows, dolls, etc. Baby boys appear to be capable of dry orgasms - as evidenced by sequences of tension-building, rhythmic muscle contractions, and pelvic thrusting - followed by contentment and relaxation Baby girls experience vaginal lubrication from birth It’s impossible to really tell what these experiences “mean” to the infant, but it appears these behaviors are gratifying Infants continue to engage in such behavior, typically, until parents/adults respond negatively More systematic masturbation typically happens around ages 2- 3
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Childhood (3-7) Learn about differences between boys and girls Potential for parent bias in our research data UCLA Family Lifestyles Project 77% of parents report their children engaged in sex play prior to age 6 (including masturbation). 47% of those parents reported that the sex play was interactive
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Childhood (3-7) UCLA Family Lifestyles Project By the age of 2-3, kids explore bodies of their playmates “playing doctor” Exposure to sex play as a child does not appear to be related to sexual issues later in life Another study of parents found that 76% of females and 83% of males had been observed engaged in sex play by age 6-7.
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Childhood (3-7) Retrospective studies can also be biased These studies suggest that 45% of females and 57% of males have engaged in sex play by age 12 Do kids stop doing this as they get older, or do they just get better at hiding it??? Masturbation
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2011 for the course PSYCH 170 taught by Professor Harding during the Fall '09 term at CUNY Hunter.

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