Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 626–630 | Cite as

Boyhood Sexual Experiences with Older Males: Using the Internet for Behavioral Research

  • David L. Riegel
Letter to the Editor

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,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Riegel
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  1. 1.PhiladelphiaUSA

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