A Meta Analytic Examination Of Assumed Properties Of Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples

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The Article titled "A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples" (Rind, Tromovitch, & Bauserman, 1998) described different viewpoints and understandings of Child Sexual Abuse (CBA). These viewpoints opened new understandings to my original beliefs of CBA. The research and viewpoints about this personal topic was very different than what I was socially and morally taught to believe about victims of CSA and the people associated with the abuse. These points described how research has failed to distinguish between "abuse "and "harm "done to a child or adolescent and "abuse" as a violation of social norms (Rind, Tromovitch, & Bauserman, 1998). According to Money (1979), harmfulness cannot be inferred with wrongfulness.

The articles main points detailed that in American culture, CSA is a powerful negative force that (A) Is likely to cause harm, (b) Most children or adolescents who experience it will be affected , (c) this harm will typically be severe or intense and (d) CBA will have an equivalently negative impact on both boys and girls (Rind et al., 1998). Studies show that these points do not fully support victims of child abuse nor do they cause severity in harm regardless of gender in the college population and supports other researcher’s theories such as Constantine (1981), that CBA has no inbuilt or inevitable outcome or set of emotional reactions. Constantine suggest that a better approach to CSA is to…

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