In today’s sexually saturated times, it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between normal and abnormal sexual behavior. With teenagers, it is even more difficult to recognize sexually deviant behavior. Often, parents have a hard time recognizing the signs of sex addiction in their teenage children because the teens experience heavy exposure to hypersexual materials on a daily basis and teens often emulate what they see; as a result, some of this behavior has become the norm in ‘teenage’ culture.
The list below is intended to tell parents about what sexual behavior is considered developmentally normal and what are some of the “red flags” that they can look for in identifying deviant sexual behavior in their teens:
The red flags will never present themselves as a single characteristic in sexually deviant teens; there will always be a combination of different inappropriate behavior in sexually addicted teenagers. You have to carefully look for the above mentioned red flags to determine whether your child is addicted to sex or not.
If you observe any of the abnormal behaviors mentioned above, then contact us immediately (800.584.4629). STAR Guides Wilderness has sexually specific treatment programs for teens struggling from different types of deviant sexual behavior issues.
Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of youth treatment and psychotherapy since 1995. He did his undergraduate work at BYU and earned his M.S.W. at the University of Utah. He has worked in a variety of treatment setting in his career ranging from wilderness therapy and residential treatment to outpatient treatment and state government.