Psychosexual development of adolescent males after malignancies in childhood

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1990 Sep;82(3):213-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1990.tb03055.x.


We studied psychosexual development in 28 adolescent males who had survived leukemia and compared it with that in 25 adolescent males who had survived other malignancies in childhood. A clinical semistructured psychiatric interview was used to form 8 criteria of psychosexual development. Sexual identity was also assessed using a psychological test. By every criterion, development was more disturbed in patients who had survived leukemia. Attitudes toward adult-type genital sexuality, contact ability with the opposite sex, and the developmental level of sexuality were most significantly affected.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Leukemia / psychology*
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Psychological Tests
  • Psychosexual Development*