, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 67-81

RIND, TROMOVITCH, AND BAUSERMAN: POLITICALLY INCORRECT—SCIENTIFICALLY CORRECT

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Conclusion

The Rind et al. study of the impact of CSA among college students is politically incorrect but scientifically correct. It has a number of important implications for the research and practice communities. Among the more important is the need to stop exaggerating the negative impact of, adult/nonadult sexual behavior, as suggested earlier by both Browne and Finkelhor and by Seligman. Another important implication is for conducting research that does not approach the issue of adult/nonadult sexual behavior with a political ideology as often has been the case thus far. And finally it is time to stop the common practices of 1) assuming that CSA causes psychological harm, and 2) routinely recommending psychotherapeutic intervention.