How prevalent are sexual contacts between adults and children? There has been a lot of research in this domain, but, unfortunately, the uncertainty in the definition makes a lot of this research invalid.
Results vary in wide ranges - from 8% to 62% for girls and 3% to 22% for boys. There are some general prevalence studies, but a lot of data can be extracted also from other research.
See also Russell 1986
Feldman et al. 1991 have compared current research with Kinsey 1953 and found no difference in prevalence if criteria are comparable.
|Data gatheringa||Definition |
|Sample Sizec||CSA Prevalenced||Response Rate|
|Badgley et al. (1984)|| Canada |
|SAQ||Any unwanted sex; C, NC||1002||1006||31%||53%||94%|
|Baker & Duncan (1985)||Great Britt. Ages 15+||FTF||<16 ("sexually mature"); C,NC||834||923||9%||14%||87%|
|Bigler (1992)||US: ages 30 to 55||<18 (5+,family or coerced); C,NC||140||174||36%||51%||33%|
|Boney-McCoy & Finkelhor (1995)||US: ages 10 to 16||Tele||Any unwanted Sex; C, NC||987||911||6%||15%||72%|
|Finkelhor et al. (1989)|| US: |
|Tele||<19; any sex now seen as SA; C,NC||1142||1476||15%||28%||76%|
|Laumann et al. (1994)|| US: ages |
18 to 59
|FTF||<puberty (past puberty); C only||1311||1608||12%||17%||79%|
|López et al.|| Spain |
Ages 18 to 60
|FTF SAQ||< 17 (5+, or coercion); C, NC||462||433||15%||22%||82%|
With the data available here, the optimal way to obtain an estimate for the prevalence of volitional pedosexual contacts seems to be to guess which part of the contacts is volitional. For this purpose, data about reaction may be used.
Anderson et al. 1993