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  1. A comparative survey of beliefs about "normal" childhood sexual behaviors.

    Article - En anglais


    This study sought to collect data on what adults believe constitutes normal childhood sexual behaviors, and how variables, such as role, gender, and life experience might contribute to the formation of one's beliefs.


    A survey describing 20 different scenarios of children under the age of 13 interacting with themselves or other children in a sexual manner was administered to four groups of adults :

    • sexual abuse experts ;

    • therapists involved in a sexual abuse training program ;

    • medical students attending a human sexuality program ;

    • and group facilitators of the human sexuality program.


    Behaviors that involved oral, vaginal, or anal penetration werejudged by a majority of adults to be abnormal sexual behaviors in children under 13 years of age.

    Professionals working with sexually abused children rated certain sexual behaviors as more abnormal than adults participating in a human sexuality course.

    Both sexual abuse trainees and facilitators of the human sexuality course showed more directional biases than other groups, with trainees always rating behaviors in the direction of abnormal and facilitators always rating behaviors in the direction of normal.

    Females also judged many of the sexual behaviors to be more abnormal than males.


    Role and gender significantly influence what adults believe constitutes normal and abnormal childhood sexual behavior.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Comportement sexuel, Sexualité, Croyance, Attitude, Jugement, Diagnostic, Abus sexuel, Personnel sanitaire, Santé mentale, Homme, Victimologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexual behavior, Sexuality, Belief, Attitude, Judgment, Diagnosis, Sexual abuse, Health staff, Mental health, Human, Victimology

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0314358

    Code Inist : 002B18H04. Création : 27/11/1998.