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Unformatted text preview: Sexual characteristics such as swelling of a girl’s vagina or the boy’s penis, also occurs. A baby might become sexually aroused when a parent changes a diaper due to the genitals being touched during cleaning. In early childhood, masturbation is another sexual behavior that occurs. The interest in his or her genitals and role-playing, such as “doctor” begins. Also, male-to-male or female-to-female sexual activities may occur due to curiosity. In preadolescence, masturbation is also common, as well as, exploring same sex or male-female bodies either by showing or touching is not uncommon at this age. During adolescence, sexual behaviors also include masturbation; and receiving and giving oral sex and intercourse. Since sexual behavior begins very early and is part of every child’s development, it is a parent’s responsibility to support this development wisely. CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOR 3...
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