Development of sexuality is an integral part of the development and maturation of children. A range of sensational, emotional and consequent sexual activities that may occur before or during early puberty, but before full sexual maturity is established. The development of child sexuality is influenced by social and cultural aspects; the perception of developing child sexuality is even more heavily influenced by cultural aspects.
The sexuality of young people is a continuous fascination to the popular imagination as well as in sexuality research. The fascination contains a mixture of anxiety and nostalgia that clouds the self-evident observation that each adult — over a sexual lifetime spanning 50 years or more — extends the sexual adolescent that emerged with puberty. However, connecting the sexuality of early adolescence with elements of adult sexuality is difficult, despite a huge literature on adolescent sexuality.
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The Tanner scale also known as the Tanner stages or Sexual Maturity Rating SMR is a scale of physical development in childrenadolescents and adults. The scale defines physical measurements of development based on external primary and secondary sex characteristicssuch as the size of the breastsgenitalstesticular volume and development of pubic hair. This scale was first identified in by James Tannera British pediatrician, after a two-decade-long study following the physical changes in girls undergoing puberty. Due to natural variationindividuals pass through the Tanner stages at different rates, depending in particular on the timing of puberty.
This portion of the article will describe the average, natural evolution of adolescent sexuality: their sexual thoughts and questions; their sexual feelings and concerns; and their sexual behavior and choices. Some youth may choose to remain entirely abstinent from sexual activity due to their personal values and beliefs; even so, they will still experience similar thoughts, feelings, and desires, as their sexually active peers. Parents are cautioned to remember that every youth is unique.
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Patient information: See related handout on sexual behaviors in childrenwritten by the author of this article. Sexual behaviors in children are common, occurring in 42 to 73 percent of children by the time they reach 13 years of age. Developmentally appropriate behavior that is common and frequently observed in children includes trying to view another person's genitals or breasts, standing too close to other persons, and touching their own genitals.
The teenage years are also called adolescence. During this time, teens will see the greatest amount of growth in height and weight. Adolescence is a time for growth spurts and puberty changes.
During adolescence usually considered age 10 to the late teens or early 20sboys and girls reach adult height and weight and undergo sexual maturation puberty. The timing and speed with which these changes occur vary and are affected by both heredity and environment. See also Health Supervision of the Well Child.