Child and Teen Sexuality

The shaping of adult sexuality

The seeds of adult sexuality are sown in the womb and nurtured throughout childhood and adolescence. It is during these early days that the roots of sexual behaviour grow.

How children learn about sex

A tiny child may seem too young to know about sex, but even at this age their understanding of it is being formed – and parents’ attitudes are crucial to the development of a happy, balanced sexuality.

Teen sexuality: boys puberty

The sexual life cycle of a male begins a little more than seven months before he is born, when, in response to genetic instructions from a chromosome in his father’s sperm, the previously neutral embryo starts to develop male sexual characteristics. When he is a teen, sexuality becomes more pronounced and boys during puberty begin what can seem their rapid transition to sexual maturity.

Teen sexuality: changes in girls during puberty

The fertile years, although important, are only part of the human female’s total sexual life cycle. What begins in the womb seven months before birth continues past the menopause well into old age. It is in the teens, during puberty, that the changes taking place in girls might seem most pronounced.

Birth order

Chronologically, the order of your family is all-important to your emotional development. How you deal with this accident of fate will affect all your future relationships.

Child abuse

Regardless of how much is denied or what assaults are repressed, sexual abuse has repercussions. All kinds of abuse are harmful. Recovery, however, is possible.