Making molehills into mountains: Adult responses to child sexuality and behaviour
Flanagan, P. (2010). Making molehills into mountains: Adult responses to child sexuality and behaviour. Explorations: An E-Journal of Narrative Practice, 1, 57-69.
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Sexual behaviour among children can be perplexing for adults as they negotiate a spectrum of ideas relating to abuse and natural curiosity. In the search for understandings, adults can act in ways that close opportunities for children to explore and describe meanings for the behaviour. This article invites practitioners to check their assumptions in this kind of work, and to take a stance that opposes abusive actions – while taking up a position of enquiry to support the multiple stories that make up children’s lives.
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This paper was first published in Explorations: An E-Journal of Narrative Practice by Dulwich Centre Foundation www.dulwichcentre.com.au. © 2010 Dulwich Centre Foundation.
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