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Title: Practical approach to childhood masturbation--a review
Authors: Mallants, Charita ×
Casteels, Kristina #
Issue Date: Oct-2008
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Series Title: European Journal of Pediatrics vol:167 issue:10 pages:1111-1117
Abstract: The aim of this article is to review the literature for information that could guide the clinical practitioner in the assessment and management of childhood masturbation. The boundary between normal and abnormal or deviant masturbation in children remains unclear. Besides the link with sexual abuse, other environmental factors and individual factors, as well as psychiatric disorders, are mentioned in relation to masturbation and sexual behaviour in general in children. However, evidence-based information is missing and, therefore, a safety management approach is advised when a clinician is confronted with childhood masturbation. We conclude that normal psychosexual development, as well as environmental and individual factors, should be considered in the assessment and management of childhood masturbation.
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ISSN: 0340-6199
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Pediatric Immunology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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