Sexual development of prepubertal children.

Graaf, H. de, Rademakers, J. Sexual development of prepubertal children. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality: 2006, 18(1), p. 1-21.
Studies of childhood sexuality are scarce and often focus on sexual abuse. In this review, an attempt is made to establish what is known, from empirical studies, about sexual behaviors (solitary and interpersonal) and feelings in pre-pubertal boys and girls. In addition, the research methods used will be described and evaluated. The findings of this review can be used to guide future research. In the conclusions, knowledge gaps with respect to sexual behavior and development of children are identified and advantages and disadvantages of different research methods to study childhood sexuality are discussed. (aut. ref.)