Boyhood Sexual Experiences with Older Males: Using the Internet for Behavioral Research
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Empirical research into the sexuality of children goes back many decades and, in the past, it has been possible to interview children directly in both clinical and non-clinical settings (Bender & Blau, 1937; Sandfort, 1987). Retrospective surveys of childhood sexual experiences have also been conducted in college introductory courses in the social sciences (see, e.g., Rind, Bauserman, & Tromovitch, 1998).
The advent of the Internet has opened up new possibilities for anonymous behavioral research with otherwise inaccessible participants (e.g., Duffy, 2002; Rhodes, Bowie, & Hergenrather, 2003) and some researchers conclude that the Internet can provide data equal in validity and quality to in-person “paper and pencil” studies (Cronk & West, 2002; Pettit, 2002). The present research was conducted via the Internet by posting links to an online questionnaire on various Internet newsgroups, which were selected based on non-relatedness to the topic in question, excluding, for example,...
KeywordsChild Sexual Abuse General Mental Health Current Mental Health Personal Counseling Sexual Aspect
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