Taking recent research on the
development of sexual
as their point of departure, McClintock and Herdt
go on to
demonstrate that the early first occurrence of sexual
reported to occur on the average at about ten
age, cannot be triggered by the maturation of the
gonadal glands, gonadarche, usually
conflated with puberty.
has in the past not be associated with sexual
the maturation of the adrenal glands which occurs
in middle childhood (adrenarche), could
very well account for
of sexual attraction. A new look onto the child's
development follows, which proceeds in stages.