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Assignment 4-2 Sexual Disconnect

Imagine that you are working as a counselor in an elementary school. A teacher has come to you, concerned that a student in her class might have been sexually abused. She explains that she became concerned when two of her 5-years old male students did not come out of the restroom after she called to them several times from the door. When she went in to check on them, she saw the boys facing each other, with Kyle's pants around his ankles. Brandon was touching Kyle's penis and both boys were laughing. In addition to her concern about abuse, the teacher is wondering if the boys could be gay.

1) As the counselor, explain to the boys' teacher whether their behavior is indicative of sexual abuse. Remember to reflect on the research you have learned about, and give details to demonstrate why you might come to that conclusion.
2) How could you respond to the teacher's question about the boys' sexual orientation, based on research?
3) What recommendations should you, as counselor, give to the teacher? Keep in mind research pertaining to the promotion of healthy sexual development by parents and schools.

Grading Criteria
1) Explain whether the boys' behavior is indicate of sexual abuse using research and details to support the conclusion.
2) Describe how counselor would respond to the question regarding the boys' sexual orientation using research support.
3) Provide recommendations to the teacher based on health promotion of sexual development by parents and schools.
The response should be at least 3 pages long.
I need researches from relevant Web sites such as .org, .net, Please avoid Wikipedia.

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This is a common scenario and it raises a lot of questions regarding the signs of sexual abuse in young children and whether or not homosexuality manifests in the early stages of childhood development (pre-puberty). Considering the age of these boys, it makes coming up with a firm conclusion very difficult.

According to most research you will find, sexual exploration is normal amongst children of that age group. In fact, according to Sigmund Freud's 5 Stages of Psychosexual Development, Kyle and Brandon are at the typical age when children begin to discover their genitals. This is called the Phallic Stage that occurs between the ages of 3-6. It is the time when children begin to learn the physical differences between men and women. "Young children are generally curious about their bodies and explore them (HCSATS, 2014)".." Therefore, it is perfectly normal that these young boys are curious and fascinated with each others penises. Between the ages of zero to 5yrs, ...

Solution Summary

This solution is in response to a case study involving early childhood sexual behavior and whether or not it is indicative of homosexuality and/or sexual abuse. It includes current research on this topic as well as recommendations for educating both teachers and parents on this topic.