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Human sexuality Greydanus, Donald E, MD, DrHC (Athens) ; Pratt, Helen D, PhD . International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health ; Hauppauge Vol. 9, Iss. 3, (2016): 291-312. Abstract Translate Human sexuality is a complex phenomenon involving the interaction of one's biologic sex, core gender identity, and gender role behavior. Successful completion of normal stages of sexuality development is important for children and adolescents to allow for optimal life as an adult. Controversies arise for clinicians as they work with their pediatric patients regarding health care sexuality issues. It is important that clinicians help these patients in an unbiased and neutral manner. As adults, these children and adolescents will function in a number of sexuality roles, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. This paper reviews many of these complex and critical issues that involve the fascinating development of human sexuality in pediatric patients. Full Text Translate 0:00 /0:00 Headnote Abstract Human sexuality is a complex phenomenon involving the interaction of one's biologic sex, core gender identity, and gender role behavior. Successful completion of normal stages of sexuality development is important for children and adolescents to allow for optimal life as an adult. Controversies arise for clinicians as they work with their pediatric patients regarding health care sexuality issues. It is important that clinicians
help these patients in an unbiased and neutral manner. As adults, these children and adolescents will function in a number of sexuality roles, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. This paper reviews many of these complex and critical issues that involve the fascinating development of human sexuality in pediatric patients. Keywords: Childhood, adolescence, sexuality, human sexuality Sexuality education is the knowledge that we are all sexual human beings, that our sexuality is part of our lives and can be an enhancement or enrichment of our total personality. (Mary Calderone, MD, 1904-1998) Introduction Human sexuality is a complex phenomenon involving the interaction of one's a) biologic sex, b) core gender identity (sense of maleness and femaleness), c) gender role behavior (nonsexual as well as sexual), which d) combine with our values, attitudes, feelings, interactions, and behaviors to impact the manner in which an individual expresses his or her sexuality (i.e., emotional, social, cultural, and physical (1-4). An individual's sexuality continues to develop from conception through adulthood, until death. During infancy the typically developing youth learns to experience basic sensations in their bodies which are focused on the senses (touch, smell, taste, temperature, sight, smell). They leam pleasure, discomfort, and satiation through these senses and interactions with care givers and the environment. As they mature these youth are constantly learning about the social norms regarding their sexuality; they learn what is expected or appropriate in their interactions and relationships with parents, siblings, cousins, and others in their environment. The healthy

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