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Normal Sexual Development

  • Betty N. Gordon
  • Carolyn S. Schroeder
Part of the Clinical Child Psychology Library book series (CCPL)


Even the most sophisticated parents and professionals have difficulty acknowledging (much less discussing) the sexuality of children. This is illustrated by the following situation that occurred in the family of a physician, his wife, who was a nurse, and their three children. The mother was expecting their fourth child, but despite repeated requests from the children for information about the birth process, the parents had avoided discussing the topic. Finally, when the baby was obviously due to arrive at any minute, the children (in the father’s absence) said, “Mother, please tell us how this baby is going to get out.” At this point, the mother gave them a detailed explanation and the children asked her to repeat it a second time, saying, “We’ve got to get this just right so we can tell Daddy. He doesn’t know a thing about this!”


Sexual Behavior Sexual Abuse Sexual Intercourse Child Sexual Abuse Gender Identity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Betty N. Gordon
    • 1
  • Carolyn S. Schroeder
    • 2
  1. 1.University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Chapel Hill Pediatrics and University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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