Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor P1: FPY Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment [saj] PL101-174 March 14, 2000 16:26 Style file version Nov. 19th, 1999 Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2000 THE IMPORTANCE OF MEETING RESEARCH STANDARDS: A REPLY TO FISCHER AND SMITH’S ARTICLES ON THE ABEL TM ASSESSMENT FOR SEXUAL INTEREST Our field needs a diversity of opinions. Using the Association for the Treat- ment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) as a forum, six different research groups have, in the past year, presented articles or presentations on The Abel Assessment for TM sexual interest that have come to opposite conclusions. In a 1998 article published in Sexual Abuse, (Abel, Huffman, Warberg, & Holland, 1998) the research demonstrated the utility of visual reaction time in assessing child molesters. At ATSA’s 18th Annual Research and Treatment Con- ference held in 1999, four independent research groups (Gray, 1999; Letourneau, 1999; Listiak & Johnson, 1999; Seghorn & Wiegel, 1999) presented studies based on data sets from different parts of the country; two from community popula- tions and two from incarcerated populations that confirmed this utility. In the last issue of Sexual Abuse, one research group presented diametrically opposite conclusions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2000 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Psychiatry; Clinical Psychology; Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
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