Secure Attachment

Attachement sécurisant

Positive parent–child relationship, in which the child displays confidence when the parent is present, shows mild distress when the parent leaves, and quickly reestablishes contact when the parent returns. Children with secure attachment feel protected by their caregivers, and they know that they can depend on them to return. 



Self-harm is the act of injuring oneself without suicidal intent.

Self-Report Questionnaire

Questionnaire auto-rapporté

A self-report questionnaire is a type of survey, questionnaire, or poll in which respondents read the question and select a response by themselves, without interference.

Sex Therapy

Thérapie en sexologie

It is a form of counseling designed to help individuals and couples resolve individual, relationship and sexual difficulties, such as performance anxiety or infidelity.

Sexual Abuse (SA)

Abus sexuel (AS)

Inappropriate adolescent or adult sexual behavior with a child. It includes fondling a child’s genitals, making the child fondle the adult’s genitals, intercourse, incest, rape, sodomy, exhibitionism, sexual exploitation, or exposure to pornography. If a stranger commits these acts, it would be considered sexual assault and handled solely by the police and criminal courts

Sexual Anxiety

Anxiété sexuelle

Sexual anxiety is defined as the tendency to experience tension, discomfort, and anxiety about the sexual aspects of one’s life.

Sexual Avoidance

Évitement sexuel

Sexual avoidance is any behavior aimed at avoiding intimacy that can lead to sexual activity. This can occur for many reasons that can create discomforts in intimate settings, such as sexual abuse for example.

Sexual Coercition

Coercition sexuelle

Sexual coercion corresponds to behaviors or strategies such as verbal pressure, utilization of substances or force, exercised in order to force the sexual will of another person, without their free and informed consent. .

Sexual Compulsivity

Compulsion sexuelle

Sexual compulsion is related to excessive preoccupation with sexual fantasies, urges or behaviors that are difficult to control. These can cause distress or negatively affect health, work, relationships or other aspects of life for some individuals.

Sexual Identity

Identité sexuelle

Sexual identity is how we percieve ourselves as sexual being. Its components are biological sex, gender identity, social and gender role, and sexual orientation.

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)

Infection transmissible sexuellement et par le sang (ITSS)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), can affect the general health, well-being and reproductive capacity of those infected. Participation in sexual risk behaviours can increase your chances of acquiring an STI. There are many types of STIs, including: Chlamydia, Genital Herpes, Gonorrhoea, HIV/AIDS, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV),and Syphilis.

Sexual Orientation

Orientation sexuelle

Sexual orientation is a part of individual identity that includes a person's sexual and emotional attraction to another person.

Sexual Self-Efficacy

Auto-efficacité sexuelle

Sexual self-efficacy is defined by an individual's belief in their ability to engage in or refuse sexual activities and to control the context of these activities.

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)

Syndrome du bébé secoué (SBS)

This is a condition, including head injuries and retinal hemorrhages, that may be seen in infants who have been violently shaken.



Spanking is described as a sharp slap or blow to the buttocks, usually with the palm of the hand.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Syndrome de mort subite du nourrisson (SMSN)

The unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby less than a year old.

Suicidal Ideation

Idée / idéation suicidaire

Having thoughts, ideas, or ruminations about the possibility of ending one's own life.



Suicide is the act of deliberately killing oneself by inflecting self-injuries.

Suicide Attempt

Tentative de suicide

Suicide attempt refers to any non-fatal suicidal behavior and any act of self-injury, self-mutilation, or self-aggression, with or without intent to die.

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