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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-50

Gratification behavior in a young child: Course and management


1 Department of Psychiatry, Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Dharwad, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Aditya Anand Pandurangi
Department of Psychiatry, Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, PB Road, Dharwad - 580 008, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-5009.175464

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Masturbation (gratification behavior) is rarely seen in young children. It occurs in children between the age of 3 months and 3 years with a second peak incidence at about the adolescent age. A 26-month-old child presented to us with gratification behavior. On evaluation, she did not have any physical illness mimicking gratification behavior. The parents were counseled, and 6 sessions of behavior therapy were carried out. Gratification behavior in young children is not pathological. Waxing and waning of the symptoms may be present.


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