Sex Education and the Adoptive Family

Shapiro, Constance Hoenk; Seeber, Betsy Crane
July 1983
Social Work;Jul83, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p291
Academic Journal
The article discusses the challenges faced by adoptive families in the sexual learning of their adopted children. Children adopted as infants may have concerns about sexuality that are more complex than those of their unadopted peers. Parents who anticipate these concerns can be responsive to the child's need for information, as well as alert to the feelings aroused in the adoptive parents by their child's curiosity about the birth parents. Some long-term purposes of sex education might be to enable children to receive all the information about reproduction, sexual responses, pregnancy, conception, and contraception needed to have control over their own fertility, including the freedom to choose whether or not to have, and when to have, children of their own and to help children acquire positive attitudes about sexuality and the ability to establish trusting relationships such that they would function sexually in an optimal, healthy manner throughout their lives. It also provides children with the kind of loving and supportive parenting that would contribute to their abilities to be good parents themselves later if they should choose that role.


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