Week 7;CheckPoint;Childhood Development and Sexual Behavior

Week 7;CheckPoint;Childhood Development and Sexual Behavior...

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CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOR 1 Childhood Development and Sexual Behavior Nicole Ureste PSY/265 February 11, 2010 Carol Watson
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CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOR 2 During infancy it is normal for children to have erections, some vaginal lubrication, pelvic thrusting, and some infants seem capable of a sexual response that resembles orgasm. Masturbation is also normal for infants and may start between the ages of 6-12 months age (Rathus, et al., 2005, p. 427). At about 12- 15 months of age children begin to get curious about the sexual anatomy of others and it is normal for them to want to play doctor or watch their parents in the shower. Around the age of 2 children may engage in genital play with others or hug, cradle, kiss, or climb on top of others. It is also normal for infants to want to share the bed with their parents and there has been no research that has shown that this is harmful to the child (Rathus, et al., 2005, p.428). The early childhood years between the ages of 3 – 8 years of age seem to like to show one
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