A meta-analytic examination of assumed properties of child sexual abuse using college samples.

  title={A meta-analytic examination of assumed properties of child sexual abuse using college samples.},
  author={Bruce Rind and Philip Tromovitch and Robert L. Bauserman},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={124 1},
Many lay persons and professionals believe that child sexual abuse (CSA) causes intense harm, regardless of gender, pervasively in the general population. The authors examined this belief by reviewing 59 studies based on college samples. Meta-analyses revealed that students with CSA were, on average, slightly less well adjusted than controls. However, this poorer adjustment could not be attributed to CSA because family environment (FE) was consistently confounded with CSA, FE explained… 
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