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NCJ Number: 47415 Find in a Library
Title: HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR AND CHILD MOLESTATION - A REVIEW OF THE EVIDENCE
Journal: ADOLESCENCE  Volume:13  Issue:49  Dated:(SPRING 1978)  Pages:29-43
Author(s): D E NEWTON
Corporate Author: Libra Publishers, Inc
Publicity Manager
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Libra Publishers, Inc
San Diego, CA 92117
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: FOLLOWING A DETAILED DISCUSSION OF THE METHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN DESIGNING A STUDY TO TEST A POSSIBLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HOMOSEXUALITY AND CHILD MOLESTATION, THE LITERATURE IS REVIEWED AND NO CONNECTION FOUND.
Abstract: THE IDEAL STUDY TO ASCERTAIN ANY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HOMOSEXUALITY AND CHILD MOLESTATION WOULD EITHER TAKE A GROUP OF ADULTS ENGAGING IN HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR AND FIND WHAT PERCENTAGE HAVE ENGAGED IN CHILD MOLESTATION, OR WOULD TAKE A GROUP OF CHILD MOLESTERS AND FIND OUT HOW MANY HAVE ENGAGED IN HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR. DEFINING THE TERMS CHILD MOLESTATION AND HOMOSEXUALITY CREATED A PROBLEM. MOST HOMOSEXUALS TEND NOT TO REVEAL THEIR SEXUAL PREFERENCES, ESPECIALLY IF SUCH DISCLOSURE WOULD JEOPARDIZE THEIR JOBS OR SOCIAL STANDING. CHILD MOLESTATION, LIKEWISE, RANGES FROM CLEARLY DEFINED CASES INVOLVING SMALL CHILDREN TO MARGINAL CASES INVOLVING SEDUCTIVE TEENAGERS WHO ACT LIKE CONSENTING ADULTS. DESPITE THESE DIFFICULTIES, STUDIES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. NEARLY ALL HAVE SHOWN ONLY A RANDOM CONNECTION BETWEEN HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR AND CHILD MOLESTATION. THUS IT SEEMS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO STUDY ATTACKS ON CHILDREN AS A VARIATION OF HOMOSEXUALITY. INSTEAD, IT WOULD HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEM IF MORE RESEARCH WERE DEVOTED TO THE TYPES OF CHILDREN MOST LIKELY TO BECOME VICTIMS, THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH MOLESTATIONS OCCUR, AND WARNING SIGNALS THAT OTHERS CAN INTERPRET TO POSSIBLY PREVENT MOLESTATION. EXTENSIVE REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Homosexuality; Research methods; Studies; Victimization
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