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Parents´ observations of sexual behaviour in pre-school children
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics. (Övrig pediatrisk forskning/Nordvall)
2001 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 90, no 4, 367-369 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This commentary on the Larsson and Svedin study of sexual behaviour in pre-school children, published in the present issue of Acta Paediatrica (1), centres around three questions: 1. How can normal sexual behaviour in children be distinguished from problematic behaviour? 2. What characterizes the sexual development of the normal child? 3. Can knowledge about normal and problematic sexual behaviour be used to screen for sexual abuse or to con. rm cases of sexual victimization? It is recommended that the inventory used by the authors be standardized on a representative sample of Swedish children, because this would enhance its usefulness in distinguishing normal from problematic behaviour. It is further recommended that research about sexual development in children be based on person-oriented rather than on variable-oriented analyses. It is . nally argued that knowledge about normal and problematic sexual behaviour may not contribute to more effective screening or con. rmation procedures in suspicions of sexual abuse. However, knowledge about normal sexual behaviour is valuable in studies of sexual behaviour in different categories of children, e.g. in the developmentally delayed or psychosocially deprived.

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2001. Vol. 90, no 4, 367-369 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-59278DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2001.tb00432.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-59278DiVA: diva2:87187
Invited commentaryAvailable from: 2005-04-18 Created: 2005-04-18 Last updated: 2012-03-16Bibliographically approved

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