Healthy sexual development

a multidisciplinary framework for research

Alan McKee*, Kath Albury, Michael Dunne, Sue Grieshaber, John Hartley, Catharine Lumby, Ben Mathews

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Abstract

A group of Australian researchers from a range of disciplines involved in studying children's sexual development developed a framework for researching healthy sexual development that was acceptable to all disciplines involved. The 15 domains identified were: freedom from unwanted activity; an understanding of consent; education about biological aspects; understanding of safety; relationship skills; agency; lifelong learning; resilience; open communication; sexual development should not be "aggressive, coercive or joyless;" self-acceptance; awareness and acceptance that sex is pleasurable; understanding of parental and societal values; awareness of public/private boundaries; and being competent in mediated sexuality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

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