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Why do so many people, parents and caregivers have hang-ups about discussing sex with kids?

I don't. I actually enjoy opening minds, even if most society says it's weird. I like proving that sex talk is quality talk and not uncomfortable, dirty, or promotional of social agendas
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tynamite
tynamite's avatar Because parents feel that telling them too early will damage their kids.
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Erik

Is there any empirical evidence for such "damage"?
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Me

In each subsequent comment, I will ask a different parent about this alleged "damage", supported with their very own example. Some of this evidence is based on fact and not anecdotal observations, or maybe not. I will do this until I have enough information to make into an answer.
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Erik

Let me put it another way: anecdotal evidence is ... interesting, but hardly conclusive. I was hoping for a broad-based (large sample) scientific study you could cite for "damage."

The problem with anecdotal evidence is that it's very, very difficult to establish causation for the observed dysfunctional behavior, as there are many, many more inputs than simply at what age one was taught about sex. While a large sample population study has similar difficulties, with a large enough sample, one should be able to at least establish statistically that the variables are related ... even if causation can't be proven.
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