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Reproductive System & Sexual Disorders: Current Research
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Research Article

Parents' Observations and Reports on the Sexual Behaviour of 7 to 13 Years Old Children

Å A Kastbom1*, I Larsson2 and C G Svedin2

1Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden

2Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Åsa A Kastbom
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic
University Hospital, S-581 85 Linköping
Sweden
Tel: +46 10 103 41 93
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Received date: April 05, 2012; Accepted date: June 11, 2012; Published date: June 13, 2012

Citation: Kastbom ÅA, Larsson I , Svedin CG (2012) Parents´ Observations and Reports on the Sexual Behaviour of 7 to 13 Years Old Children. Reprod Sys Sexual Disorders 1:108. doi:10.4172/2161-038X.1000108

Copyright: © 2012 Kastbom ÅA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

Aim: To investigate sexual behaviours, types and frequencies, among Swedish children in the age group of 7-13 years, as observed and reported by their parents and to give professionals in different areas a greater knowledge of sexual behaviour among younger school children. Methods: The parents of 418 children answered questionnaires about their child’s behaviour, both general and sexual, and about their own attitudes. Results: We found that most sexual behaviours we asked about were reported by the parents as common, and are in part related to, or vary with, age and gender. A small number of sexual behaviours often referred to as problematic behaviour were found to be very unusual in this normative group of Swedish children. Conclusion: Behaviours usually referred to as sexualized and problematic were rare in this normative sample of children at 7-13 years of age. The results are of importance for clinicians’ evaluation of sexual behaviours reported by parents.

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