Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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McKinney, J. P. 2010. Sexual Development. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
According to Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory of personality, sexuality begins in infancy (Freud, 1920/1969). The development of sexuality is a major part of the development of personality. According to Freud, the individual passes through several psychosexual stages: oral, anal, phallic, and genital, each named for the erogenous zone that gives rise to the main libidinal cathexis of that period.
- child development;
- developmental psychology;
- gender roles;
- sexual development