Psychosexual Material in the Stories Told by Children: The Fucker

  • Brian Sutton-Smith
  • David M. Abrams
Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (Persp. Sex.)


We should make it clear at the outset that the findings in this paper on sexuality were incidental to a larger study on narrative, which we have conducted over the past three years (Sutton-Smith et al. 1975; Sutton-Smith, Botvin and Mahony, 1976; Abrams and Sutton-Smith, 1976; Botvin and Sutton-Smith, in press). In our collection of the fantasy narratives of children between the ages of five and eleven years, we did not seek to elicit any particular kind of story, psychosexual or otherwise. We know from several of our studies, however, that there can be both experimenter and stimulus instruction effects in the elicitation of stories. For example, our male story takers tended to receive stories of higher fantasy content than our female story takers (Peterson, 1976). Furthermore, stories told freely, as compared with stories told to a TAT stimulus or a Rorchach stimulus, were of a more development-ally complex level (Peterson, 1976). This finding, incidentally, is consistent with recent anthropological studies of narrative in which it has been shown that children tell stories of greater complexity in natural settings than in laboratory settings, and that children tell stories of higher complexity when reporting fantasy rather than personal or vicarious experience (Watson, 1972).


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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Sutton-Smith
    • 1
  • David M. Abrams
    • 1
  1. 1.USA

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