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​Addressing The Root Cause Of Teen Sexual Deviance At A Residential Treatment Center

What qualifies as sexual deviance? This is a controversial term in today’s society. Sexual deviance was once meant to describe a person whose sexual preferences were outside the scope of “normal”. However, our scope of “normal” is constantly evolving with a spectrum of normal to strange, yet accepted sexual practices.

Specifically when referring to youth, the severity of sexual deviance will vary based on those in observance. One set of parents may be alarmed to find that their son or daughter is promiscuous or possibly has multiple partners with whom they are sexually active. While another parent may not reach a state of concern until they recognize abusive or controlling characteristics in their sexually active teen.

Sexual Deviancy In Youth

When determining whether or not your teen should be treated for sexual deviance, it’s important to remember that sexual curiosity and activity are completely natural at this time in their lives. Most parents reach a state of concern when they begin to recognize their son or daughters interest in sex, control, abuse, aggression, and other sexual behaviors that put themselves or their partners (consenting or non-consenting) at risk for physical and emotional harm.

For the sake of this discussion, we will consider sexual deviancy any sexual contact or behavior that can be considered high risk or potentially damaging to the person(s) involved.

If you see any of these signs, take action right away by seeking professional treatment:

  1. Any type of sexual activity occurring frequently including forms of masturbation that harm oneself due to the frequency

  2. Sexual urges are brought on by feelings of frustration or anger

  3. Sexual activity causes harm either emotionally or physically to themselves or their partner

  4. Sexual activity takes place with a partner significantly older or younger than themselves

  5. Spying on others while they are dressing or in like-wise