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CHFD 4870 Chapter 12

CHFD 4870 Chapter 12 - SexualityDuring Childhood...

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2/12/11 Sexuality During Childhood & Adolescence Chapter 12
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2/12/11 Infant and Childhood Sexuality Capacity for sexual response present at birth Infants engage in self-pleasuring activity Thrusting or rubbing genital area against objects such as dolls or pillows Unable to differentiate sexual from sensual pleasure Enjoy all satisfactory tactile stimulation (breast feeding, bathing, hugging, kissing)
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2/12/11 Childhood Sexuality What’s normal is not definitive. Why? Normative behavior not well studied Expensive, lack of financial support Ethical issues Still taboo topic in U.S. Most of what we know is based on recollections of adults who recall their childhood experiences.
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2/12/11 What’s Normal? 2 - 3 years: masturbation begins 4 - 7 years: sex play begins Usually with siblings or friends who are close in age Exhibition, inspection of genitals (playing doctor), rubbing genitals together Curiosity about opposite sex 5 - 7 years: begin to enact heterosexual marriage scripts 8 - 9 years: homo-sociality, girls and boys do not intermingle as much, although romantic interest may exist
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2/12/11 The responses children  receive to their expressions  of intimacy influence they  way they express sexuality  in later years.  http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=s4Ac8dnnFgc http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=b2IedSTcpbk&NR=1
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2/12/11 Physical Changes in Adolescence   Puberty Reproductive organs mature Onset 8 - 14 years old; 2 years earlier in girls Triggered by release of gonadotropins Pituitary hormones that stimulate activity in the gonads (testes and ovaries)
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2/12/11 Puberty
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2/12/11 Secondary Sex Characteristics During Puberty Secondary Sex Characteristics The physical characteristics, other than genital development that indicates sexual maturity Both Sexes Pubic hair, growth spurt Genitals enlarge, axillary oil-secretion Girls
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2/12/11 Primary Sex Characteristics During Puberty Girls
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