Latency stage a stage according to Freud is the period of psychosexual development , following the phallic stage , in which libidinal drives are quelled and children's energy turns toward the development of skills and interests and toward becoming fully socialized to the world; the opposite sex is avoided. Latency stage follows the phallic stage, there is a relatively calm period before adolescence . When Oedipal issues are resolved, the child enters the latency period .

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