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Question: Discuss why there have there have been growing fears about early sexualisation of children and comment on whether you think these fears are justified.

E102 Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology
Year 2016 – 1st Year 1 - Word count 1997 - Grade 89%

Answer: Sexuality in childhood is often a source of anxiety and concern for adults conjuring up images of abuse or exploitation, but we tend to think of the word sexuality to mean something private and individual, and referring to only sexual behaviour and romantic relationships. But researchers have suggested that sexuality is much broader than this, and is related to many aspects of everyday life. The term ‘sexuality’ here refers not just to sex acts and sexual identities but also to desires, ideas, actions and ways of thinking. It is also closely connected to gender identities and performances. Adults seem often unaware that children deal with sexuality on a daily basis in school or through play. The idea that children are growing up too fast, usually come from a fear that society is particularly damaging for children and has become increasingly damaging in the past few years. It could be...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Psychology
  • Course: E102 Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 89%
  • Words: 1997
  • Date submitted: January 28, 2018
  • Date written: April, 2016
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 8274

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