Puberty and Adolescence

Do twelve year olds know their official sexuality?

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December 15, 2008 6:29PM

While there is some controversy about exactly when or how

sexuality is determined, most experts acknowledge that it is rare

for a twelve year old to be absolutely sure about whether they

prefer boys and girls. There is often a period of time in a child's

life where they experiment with friends of both genders. This

exploration is often influenced by such factors as which friends

are available and what they are willing to do or try, as well as

familial influences which may include religious or societal

parameters. What is for certain, is that a twelve year old is just

starting out on their journey as sexual beings, and it would be

dangerous to classify him or her as Straight, Gay, Lesbian or

whatever, based solely upon the limited experiences they may have

so early on. It is so easy to be confused by the many changes going

on during this time in one's life, sexual identity doesn't need to

be made more so by applying labels to something that is not fully

formed or matured yet.

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