ERIC Number: ED381258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Child-to-Child Sexual Behavior in Child Care Settings. Final Report of the Symposium (Denver, Colorado, April 1993).
Wardle, Francis; Moore-Kneas, Kimberly
This report summarizes a 3-day symposium held to explore issues surrounding child-to-child sexual behaviors among preschool children. The participants included professionals from a range of fields--education, higher education, therapy, curriculum design, and training. The first part of the symposium involved an open exchange of issues and ideas on topics related to child-to-child sexual behaviors. The introduction discusses the purpose of the symposium, presents research on levels of child sexual behavior, examines sexual behavior problems, and debates possible courses of action. The second part of the report consists of reports from three working groups that made recommendations on specific areas within the general topic of the symposium. Group 1 was concerned with categorizing child-to-child sexual behaviors and understanding what causes a behavior to be problematic. Three categories of child-to-child sexual behaviors were devised: Developmentally Expected, Behavior Suggesting Dysfunctional Development, and a category between these two. Group 2 dealt with issues surrounding responses to sexual behaviors in child care settings, and reporting child-to-child sexual behaviors in these settings, emphasizing open and constant communication between child care staff and parents. The last group addressed topics surrounding teaching staff and discusses how to support healthy sexual development in young children, and how to respond appropriately to child-to-child sexual behaviors, emphasizing reflection on cultural differences in the appropriateness of behaviors. (BAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's World Learning Centers, Inc., Golden, CO.
Identifiers: Dysfunctional Behavior; Sex Knowledge