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Psychol Bull. 2001 Nov;127(6):715-33.

The effects of child sexual abuse: Comment on Rind, Tromovitch, and Bauserman (1998).

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Leadership Council for Mental Health, Justice, and the Media, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, USA. sjd.scout@worldnet.att.net

Abstract

B. Rind, P. Tromovitch, and R. Bauserman (1998) examined the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) by meta-analyzing studies of college students. The authors reported that effects "were neither pervasive nor typically intense" and that "men reacted much less negatively than women" (p. 22) and recommended value-neutral reconceptualization of the CSA construct. The current analysis revealed numerous problems in that study that minimized CSA-adjustment relations, including use of a healthy sample, an inclusive definition of CSA, failure to correct for statistical attenuation, and misreporting of original data. Rind et al.'s study's main conclusions were not supported by the original data. As such, attempts to use their study to argue that an individual has not been harmed by sexual abuse constitute a serious misapplication of its findings.

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