• Lea Hellegård Søndergaard Rasmussen
4. term, Master of Sexology (Continuing education) (Continuing Education Programme (Master))
This master dissertation is the end of my study; Master in Sexology at Aalborg university. The dissertation is based on a self-chosen sexological problem. The main goal/aim is to investigate and discuss a research taboo; The infantile sexuality. With special focus on early infantile sexuality, which in this dissertation is defined as being from 0-3 years, and its place in the educational work, from a health-promoting welfare perspective. This is a hypothesis that the early infantile sexuality is in the shadow of the late infantile sexuality.
Methodology: Literature study; Based on a literature search, four research articles from respectively Canada, Finland, Denver (USA) and Sweden, were chosen in this dissertation.
Result: Based on the four studies, it is evident that the early infantile sexuality is in the shadow of the late infantile sexuality. A hypothesis is formed, that a lack of evidence-based professional knowledge of the pedagogical staff can result in an increasing fear-culture, with consequences caused by the lack of support and guidance of the children in their sexual development. This creates possible consequences for the early infantile sexual health and well-being later in life
Conclusion: The amount of research on the infantile sexuality seems to be infinitesimally small and rooted in assault literature, causing the early infantile sexuality to be displaced into a research-based "dark place". The strictly limited empiricism and the specialty´s narrow inclusion criteria have resulted in a limited width and validity in the study which, therefore, must be considered as hypothesis-generating and a call for a bigger contrast between existing research and the increasing demand for knowledge and evidence-based guidelines in the pedagogical practice.
Publication date8 May 2017
Number of pages59
ID: 257128057