Formerly a psychology professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, Bruce Rind, is an independent researcher in the field of intergenerational sexualities. Rind is best known for his 1998 paper (published with Robert Bauserman and Philip Tromovitch) and the moral outrage it sparked in America.
Despite a strong background in a number of psychological topics including communication, Bruce Rind is best known for his studies of intergenerational sexuality - particularly pederasty in its historical and modern contexts. In addition to this, Rind has been at the heart of numerous statistical analyses of sexology data new and old, also lecturing in the most advanced statistics courses.
Published by Rind in 1998, A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples collated data from previous studies, concluding that:
- "Self-reported reactions to and effects from CSA indicated that negative effects were neither pervasive nor typically intense, and that men reacted much less negatively than women. The college data were completely consistent with data from national samples. Basic beliefs about CSA in the general population were not supported."
The study was condemned by a number of conservative Talk Radio hosts and then formally so by the US house of Congress.