Mania Askari1, Fatemeh Ayoobi2, Zahra Sherafat3, Parvane Rashidpour4, Seyed-Ali Mostafavi5, Reza Bidaki4,6*
1Islamic Azad university of Yazd, Yazd, Iran
2Non-communicable Diseases Research Center, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran
3Psychiatrist, Shahid Sadoughi University of medical sciences, Yazd, Iran
4Department of psychiatry, Research Center of Addiction and Behavioral Sciences, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
5Psychiatry Research Center, Roozbeh Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
6Department of psychiatry , Diabetes Research Center, Research Center of Addiction and Behavioral Sciences, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Dr. Reza Bidaki, Associate professor of psychiatry, Diabetes Research Center, Research center of Addiction and Behavioral sciences, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran, Tel: +98-353-263-2004; E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: November 20, 2020
Published Date: January 27, 2021
Copyright: Bidaki R, et al. © (2021).
Citation: Bidaki R, et al. (2021). Prevalence of Masturbation and it’s Predisposing Factors in Children Referred to Psychiatric Clinic of Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences. Mathews J Psychiatry Ment Health. (6)1:29.
Introduction: Masturbation is accepted now as a normal part of human sexual behavior in childhood. But parents are still usually concerned about this behavior. The aim of this study was to collect data about prevalence of masturbation and evaluating its predisposing factors in children referred to pediatric and psychiatric clinics of Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, 2014.
Subjects and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study performed on 203 children aged between 6 month to 12 years who have refferd to pediatric and psychiatric clinics in Rafsanjan. The information was being gathered through the questionnaires and also the interviews of a psychiatric with the parents of children. Demographic data analysed by statistical software SPSS ver. 17. Chi-square and Exact-tests were used to analyze data.
Results: In this study from 203 children who have referred to psychiatric clinics, 30 children have masturbation, 12 boys (6%) and 18 girls (8.8%). The mean age of masturbation in children was 4±3.31 years. Masturbation in children living in rural areas was less than (2.3%) the children living in the city (18.1%). The duration of masturbation varied from 1min to 35 min and mean duration was 9.3±9.5 min. Living location and breastfed duration were significantly correlated with masturbation in children. There was not any significant relationship between the masturbation in children and age, sex, mother education, father education, social class, birth weight and genito-urinary tract infection.
Conclusions: Prevalence of masturbation is considerable in children between 6 month-12 years. It can be related with breastfeeding duration and living location.