Latency Period Definition

The fourth stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, from about five years to puberty, during which a child apparently represses sexual urges and prefers to associate with members of the same sex. It is preceded by the phallic stage and followed by the genital stage.
American Heritage Medicine
A latent period.
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  • latency phase
  • latency stage

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