latency period definition

  • noun:
    • The 4th phase of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic concept, from about 5 years to puberty, where a young child evidently represses sexual urges and would rather keep company with members of exactly the same intercourse. It really is preceded by the phallic stage and followed closely by the genital phase.
    • A latent period.
    • (psychoanalysis) the fourth duration (from about age 5 or 6 until puberty) during which sexual passions are meant to be sublimated into alternative activities

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