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Family Relations and Human Development
FRHD 2100
Robin Milhausen

CHAPTER 12:SEXUALITY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 1 Childhood Sexuality • Few studies of sexual behaviour of children • Researchers are reluctant to ask children about their sexual behaviour or their  understanding of sexuality • We rely on adult’s often unreliable retrospective reports of their experiences during  childhood or on the observations of caregivers Development of Childhood Sexuality, 0 to 12 Years of Age Age (years) Common  Learning Domains Developmental  characteristics and  Outcomes behaviours • Learns correct  names for body  • Develops  • Explores own  parts capacity to trust  0­2 body, including  • Learns to  caregivers genitals  differentiate  • Displays  between male  spontaneous,  and female • Develops  reflexive sexual  capacity to  response • Learns to  experience  experience  sensory pleasure • Enjoys touch  pleasure from  from caregivers touch • Sense of  • Enjoys nudity autonomy 2­5 • Occasional  • Learns basics of  • Develops ability  masturbation reproduction to identify as  male or female • Consensual  • Learns basic  exploration of  rules of privacy  same­aged  schoolmates  • Learns “your  • Understands  bodies in  body belongs to  basics of  you”  reproduction curiosity­ focused manner • Learns  • Enjoys nudity difference  • Understands  between  • Uses slang for  appropriate and  concept of  bodily functions inappropriate  privacy related  touching to nudity and  CHAPTER 12:SEXUALITY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 2 • Basic  sexuality understanding of  human  reproduction 5­8 • Curiosity­based  • Basic  • Well established  body exploration  understanding of  sense of gender  with both sex  reproduction identity playmates • Prepatory  • Early signs of  • Occasional  understanding of  puberty masturbation  puberty (may begin to  • Understands  focus on  • Understanding  terminology for  pleasure) of basic  body parts distinction  • Uses slang to  between  • Basic  understanding of  describe body  heterosexuality  parts and sexual  and  sexual  behaviours homosexuality orientation • Crushes  9­12 • May masturbate  • Complete  • Exhibits 
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