Predisposing factors in childhood masturbation in Turkey

Unal F.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, cilt.159, sa.5, ss.338-342, 2000 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 159 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2000
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s004310051283
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.338-342


The aim of this prospective, referral-based study was to assess demographical and developmental features associated with childhood masturbation in Turkey. A total of 61 children with childhood masturbation who were referred for the first time to the Department of Child Psychiatry were examined from demographical, psychosocial and medical aspects and compared with two control groups consisting of 61 age and gender matched children who were brought to the paediatric outpatient clinics and 43 children and adolescents who were the biological siblings of the study group. In children with masturbation, sleep difficulties were more frequent (P < 0.001) and breast-feeding was shorter than in controls (P < 0.05). The onset of masturbation was often associated with a genito-urinary disorder or a stressful life event like weaning, the birth of a sibling or separation from the parents.