Sexual abuse and the perception of children: Jerome Kagan and The Nature of the Child

In graduate school, I read and thoroughly enjoyed Jerome Kagan's The Nature of the Child. I have excerpted the beginning of chapter 7 below as a means of continuing the conversation about the relevance of childhood events for sexuality. This chapter is titled, "The Role of the Family" and the excerpt comes from pages 240-242. I have said little about the influence of experience on the child, especially the consequences of parental behavior. The most important reason for this omission is that … [Read more...]


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