The number of adolescents and children being engaged in abnormal sexual behaviours or patterns are increasing rising. Even though sexual exploration is considered to be part and parcel of the child’s development, it is worth to note that there some of the behaviours exhibited by children might go beyond explorative, harmless curiosity. Such behaviours can lead to dangerous consequences. Any sexual behaviour reaching this point can affect the emotional and the physical well–being of your child.

Furthermore, these behaviours can also jeopardize the safety of the individuals living with these children. Sexually maladaptive behaviours can affect any adolescent or child. The severity of these behaviours can also threaten other animals and children. Any sexual behaviour which can lead to social impartment or disrupt your daily functioning is considered as maladaptive. This can cause emotional and physical pain to the affected individual.

Signs Associated with Sexually maladaptive behaviour

Different signs can be used to establish if an adolescent, or a child is engaging in maladaptive sexual behaviours. The various signs will vary from one child to another. These signs should not be ignored as they might indicate the existence of a great problem. The following are the different symptoms which are exhibited by adolescents who are participating in maladaptive sexual behaviours.

  • Lack of appropriate social skills
  • Disturbing toileting behaviours
  • Blatantly ignoring rules
  • Harming one’s genitals
  • Having hidden pornography
  • Having unprovoked aggressive behaviours
  • Touching animal’s genitals
  • Trying to engage other children in sexual acts
  • Touching other adults or children in inappropriate ways
  • Displaying inappropriate curiosity about other children’s or adults bodies
  • Inserting object in their anus or genitals
  • Exposing oneself repeatedly in public settings
  • Making some crude movements which are associated with inappropriate sexual acts

Effects associated with sexually maladaptive behaviours

Any person who engages in these behaviours either in adolescence or childhood should receive treatment to overcome them. The long-term consequences associated with these behaviours can be monumental. It is therefore important for the teachers, parents and those in authority to ensure that such adolescents or children are helped.

The following effects will occur in this problems are not addressed

  • Develop an addiction or dependence on various substances
  • Incarceration
  • Inability to maintain or acquire employment
  • Interacting with the legal systems
  • Inability to maintain or create lasting friendships
  • Lowering of one’s self-esteem
  • Academic failure or school difficulties
  • Inability to maintain or create healthy romantic relationships

Co-occurring disorders associated with sexually maladaptive behaviours

There are many instances where adolescents and children engaged in these behaviours develop other psychological disorders. These disorders include

  • Conduct disorders
  • Learning disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Hyperactivity/ attention-deficit disorder
  • Communication disorders