Girls (n=209)

Boys (n=210)

Gender difference

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Ask parents questions about sex

51.7

48.3

43.3

56.7

  0.034

Explore body and genitals

59.9

40.1

42.6

57.4

<0.001

Talk about sex    

62.3

37.7

49.8

50.2

  0.014

Ask questions about their genitals3

69.9

30.1

66.3

33.7

 

Use of sex-words

75.5

24.5

64.1

35.9

  0.007

Touch genitals at home

80.8

19.2

51.0

49.0

<0.001

Part one´s legs

83.8

16.2

83.8

16.2

 

Touch mother´s or other women´s breasts.

84.3

15.7

86.6

13.4

 

Want to watch sex on TV2

90.9

9.1

93.7

6.3

 

Dress like the opposite sex

93.1

6.9

97.6

2.4

  0.029

Masturbate by using their hand3

93.9

6.1

90.4

9.6

 

Pretend that dolls are having sex

95.1

4.9

97.1

2.9

 

Rub against people or objects

97.5

2.5

97.6

2.4

 

Touch genitals in public2

99.2

0.8

93.7

6.3

  0.021

Try to kiss other children with the tongue

99.2

0.8

    100

   0

 

Show genitals for adults

99.5

0.5

96.7

3.3

  0.036

Try to kiss adults with the tongue

99.5

0.5

99.0

1.0

 

Show genitals to other children

98.0

2.0

97.1

2.9

 

Touch other children’s genitals

98.0

2.0

98.6

1.4

 

Imitate intercourse with children

98.0

2.0

98.6

1.4

 

Search for clinging body contact

98.0

2.0

98.6

1.4

 

Want to be the opposite sex

98.5

1.5

100

   0

 

Masturbate in public2

 100

    0

98.4

1.6

 

Sexually harassed other children3

 100

    0

97.6

2.4

 

More interested in sex than children of the same age2

 100

    0

98.4

1.6

 

Put an object in vagina or anus2

 100

    0

 100

   0

 

Ask others to have sexual activity

 100

    0

 100

   0

 

Oral contact with other children’s genitals

 100

    0

 100

   0

 

Other sexual behaviour

   92.7

7.3

97.8

2.2

 0.019

11: never, 2: less than once a month, 3: 1-3 times a month, 4: at least once a week, 5: often/daily
2 First half of the sample, group 1 (boys n = 127 and girls n = 124)
3 Second half of the sample, group 2 (boys n = 83 and girls n = 84)
4 Mann-Whitney U-test, figures in bold are significances ≤ 0.01, as the level of significance decided on for compensate for false discovery rate
Table 2: Sexual behaviours among 7-13 year old girls and boys according to their parents.