Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 1239–1259 | Cite as

First Postpubertal Same-Sex Sex in Kinsey’s General and Prison Male Same-Sex Samples: Comparative Analysis and Testing Common Assumptions in Minor–Adult Contacts

  • Bruce RindEmail author
Original Paper


Kinsey’s prison male same-sex sample (consisting of prisoners who were gay, bisexual, or had had extensive postpubertal same-sex sex regardless of sexual attractions) was compared with Kinsey’s general (i.e., non-prison) same-sex sample (previously analyzed by Rind and Welter, 2016) in terms of reactions to and characteristics of first postpubertal same-sex sex, with a focus on minor–adult contacts. Prison participants had a minor–adult contact as their first postpubertal same-sex sex twice as often as general participants, and their experience involved penetration in three-quarters of cases compared to only half the time for general participants, and it was paid for (i.e., prostitution) three times as often. Despite these differences, reactions to these events by prison and general participants were the same, with combined results of 66% positive reactions (i.e., enjoyed it “much”) versus 15% emotionally negative reactions (e.g., shock, disgust, guilt). Results added to those from a series of studies done since 2000 using male same-sex samples in showing that minor–adult same-sex sexual experiences in this population do not conform to the child sexual abuse (CSA) model of trauma and harm. Comparing prison and general participants also showed that the CSA–trauma–crime link often claimed (i.e., where minor–adult sex is said to produce trauma that leads to later criminal behavior) did not hold in the Kinsey same-sex samples, because trauma (the middle element) was mostly missing. This null result for the link alerts that trauma needs to be shown rather than assumed when considering this link. The positive reaction profile obtained was discussed in terms of cultural factors dominant in Kinsey’s time.


Kinsey prison sample Male same-sex samples Adolescent–adult sex Same-sex sexual experiences First postpubertal sex Sexual orientation 


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There were no conflicts of interest, and the research is secondary research on Kinsey data, so informed consent was not an issue.


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