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Study Tracks Masturbation Trends Among U.S. Teens
Date:8/1/2011

ged to develop a view of masturbation that is free of fear or concern.

"It goes without saying that we should help teens, boys and girls, be comfortable with this. And we should understand while doing this that there is certainly a gender difference, in that girls, for better or worse, are still far more reserved than boys on both the subject and the act," he said.

"And that means, of course, that in terms of the main finding that teenage boys engage in this more than girls, I am absolutely not shocked or surprised," Hilfer added. "I think that testosterone is a big factor among boys. And I think that it's more socially acceptable among their peer group in general to talk about it and engage in it. It is becoming more acceptable among girls. But historically, and still today, it's something that boys do more and earlier."

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There's more on this topic at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

SOURCES: Cynthia L. Robbins, M.D., section of adolescent medicine, department of pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis; Alan Hilfer, Ph.D., director, psychology, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Aug. 1, 2011, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, online


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