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Rind et al.'s main Conclusions do not stand up to scientific scrutiny

The following scholarly papers have examined Rind et al.'s meta-analysis and called into question their paper's methodology and/or conclusions.
  • Dallam, S. J. (2002). Science or Propaganda? An examination of Rind, Tromovitch and Bauserman (1998). Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 9 (3/4), 109-134.
  • Dallam, S. J., Gleaves, D., Cepeda-Benito, A., Silberg, J. L., Kraemer, H. C., & Spiegel, D. (2001). The effects of childhood sexual abuse: Comment on Rind, Tromovitch and Bauserman (1998). Psychological Bulletin, 127(6), 715-733.
  • Erickson, J. A. (2000). Sexual liberation's last frontier. Society, 4, 21-15.
  • Holmes, W. C., & Slap, G. B. (1999). Reply to editor. JAMA, 281, 2186.
  • Ondersma, S. J., Chaffin, M., & Berliner, L. (1999). Comments on Rind et al. meta-analysis controversy. The APSAC Advisor, 12 , 2-5.
  • Ondersma, S. J., Chaffin, M., Berliner, L., Cordon, I., Goodman, G. S., & Barnett, D. (2001). Sex with children is abuse: Comment on Rind, Tromovitch and Bauserman (1998). Psychological Bulletin, 127(6), 707-714.
  • Spiegel, D. (2000). The price of abusing children and numbers. Sexuality and Culture, 4, 63-66.
  • Tice, P. P., Whittenburg, J. A., Baker, G. L., & Lemmey, D. E. (2002). The real controversy about child sexual abuse research: Contradictory findings and critical issues not addressed by Rind, Tromovitch, and Bauserman in their 1998 outcomes meta-analysis. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 9 (3/4), 157-182.
  • Whittenburg, J. A., Tice, P. P., Baker, G. L., & Lemmey, D. E. (2002). A Critical Appraisal of the 1998 meta-analytic review of child sexual abuse outcomes reported by Rind, Tromovitch, and Bauserman. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 9(3/4), 135-155.

Studies that disagree with specific aspects or conclusions of Rind et al.'s analysis:

  • Duncan, R. D. (2000). Childhood maltreatment and college drop-out rates: Implications for child abuse researchers. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15, 987-995.
  • Kelly, R. J., Wood, J. J., Gonzalez, L. S., MacDonald, V., & Waterman, J. (2002). Effects of mother-son incest and positive perceptions of sexual abuse experiences on the psychosocial adjustment of clinic-referred men. Child Abuse & Neglect, 26(4), 425-41.
  • King, M., Coxell, A., & Mezey, G. (2002). Sexual molestation of males: Associations with psychological disturbance. British Journal of Psychiatry, 181, 153-157.

Studies using similar or more rigorous methods than Rind et al. that demonstrate long-term harm in adults who were sexually abused in childhood.

 

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