During adolescence, it is normal for young people to feel nervous or unsure about their developing bodies and sexual feelings.
Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular.
Masturbation is a normal behaviour that is seen at all ages, from childhood, through the teen years and into adulthood.
Even though it is normal, some people feel ashamed or embarrassed about masturbation, partly because of out-dated myths (e.g. Some of the known sexual health benefits of masturbation include the following: A common concern, especially among young people, is the frequency of masturbation.
It is important for parents to recognise that adolescence is a time of sexual development and experimentation, and that masturbation is a way for young people to explore their own bodies.
Young children pick up on their parents’ attitudes towards masturbation from an early age.No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder.