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The media ensures that children and adolescents are exposed to sex earlier than ever; girls are going through puberty earlier; and, as always, many teenagers are having sex. As parents, we all have our opinions about when and with whom our children should be sexually active. So when is that age? And when should you worry?
It should come as no surprise that there is little consensus among cultures about young people and sex. First off, children are not sexual beings. If the behaviors occur more than occasionally, on the other hand, or include overt attempts to mimic or perform sex acts, it might be something to worry about. The exposure might be to pornography, which could indicate neglect, notes Dr. Miller; or it could be exposure to actual sex, or even abuse. After puberty—whenever it happens—adolescents are sexual beings, with urges that are fundamentally human.
The point, according to Dr. But whatever your personal or religious values are there are other reasons to worry that cut across cultural and societal considerations. That behavior is one of the symptoms of conduct disorder, a serious but treatable psychiatric disorder.
Risky, reckless sexual activity is also symptomatic of the mania found in bipolar disorder, and also may indicate a history of sexual abuse. And of course sex brings with it real risks—of pregnancy, disease, etc.
Beyond that, you might worry if you think your child is having sex for the wrong reasons. Maybe she sees sex as a means to validation, to deal with low self-esteem, to seek attention.
Or as a way of dominating other people. Alan Ravitz.
Attitudes like that threaten a wonderful thing, Dr. Ravitz continues. Topics A-Z » Teenagers » Articles. Before puberty First off, children are not sexual beings. After puberty After puberty—whenever it happens—adolescents are sexual beings, with urges that are fundamentally human. Share this article on social. Was this helpful? Yes No. Stay connected.Who s your teens wanting sex
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