Child sexual behavior inventory: a comparison between Latino and normative samples of preschoolers

J Sex Res. 2013;50(5):449-57. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2011.652265. Epub 2012 Mar 28.


There is a relative dearth of research examining normative sexual behavior in Latino preschool children, despite an increased presence of Latinos as a minority population in the United States. To meet this need, a sample of Latino mothers were asked to complete the Child Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI; Friedrich et al., 1992 ) on their preschool-aged children (3 to 5 years old; n = 188). When their children's scores were compared to CSBI normative data, significant differences emerged. Compared to the normative sample, Latino boys and girls scored significantly higher on the sexual abuse specific items subscale, and Latino girls scored significantly higher on the developmentally related sexual behavior subscale. Possible cultural explanations for these elevations are explored.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Child Behavior / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Hispanic Americans / ethnology
  • Hispanic Americans / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*