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It is time it was made available to the general public, and the many teachers of sexuality education to our young people. Editor Sexual health is more than the absence of sexual pathology.
The references to DSM-III are a bit outdated, but the information is still useful. The anatomy, gender and function of the human body is the foundation of identity.
In keeping with the contradictions of the time, the sexual referent to all nonsexual symptomatology was diligently searched for or speculated about; and direct treatment of sexual symptoms was bypassed in favor of analyzing the psychosexual stages of childhood development.
Although the expectation of both therapist and patient was that healthy sexual function would be restored by the exploration of the parent-child bonding relationship, this was rarely, if ever, the result of psychoanalysis.
The repression of sexuality made any expectation of sexual health improbable, if not impossible, to achieve.
Clinical sexology (the diagnosis and treatment of sexual concerns and dysfunctions) as a specialty is newer still.
Those who survived were often maimed or crippled to make them more poignant beggars and were at the mercy of unscrupulous and exploitive adults.
Sexual exploitation of children was freely indulged in until the latter half of the 18th century, at which time it was fully repudiated.
This was a decisive turning point in parent child relationships in that parents began to punish children for their sexual curiosity and activity (De Mause, 1974).
The Victorian era was a period of sexual schizophrenia for children.