Sex Behaviors of 2- to 5-Year-Old Boys

The commonly reported sexual behaviors of boys aged 2–5 are (a) touching his penis or anus at home (60%); (b) touching or trying to touch his mother’s or another woman’s breasts (42%); (c) standing too close to people (29%); (d) touching his penis or anus in public places (27%); and (e) trying to look at people when they are nude or undressing (27%). By comparison, the reported behaviors of girls aged 2–5 are: (a) touching her vagina or anus at home (44%); (b) touching or trying to touch her mother’s or another woman’s breasts (44%); (c) trying to look at people when they are nude or undressing (27%); and (d) standing too close to people (26%). Interestingly, the sexual behaviors of young boys and girls are similar. Differences are that boys engage in more frequent sexual behaviors than girls, and the girls are observed to touch their genitals less in public.

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