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Annotated bibliography: Scientific integrity

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Okami, P., "Sociopolitical Biases in the Contemporary Scientific Literature on Adult Human Sexual Behavior with Children and Adolescents," in Feierman, J. (Ed.), Pedophilia: Biosocial Dimensions, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1990, pp. 91-121.

UCLA psychologist Paul Okami discusses failures of integrity in methodology and discourse in some of the literature on child sexual abuse, including incidents of character assassination against other researchers. He addresses purposeful bias and abandonment of scientific principles based on ideological grounds, the misleading findings and contradictory assertions which result, and their influence on social policy in ways that harm children and society.

Okami, P. & Goldberg, A., "Personality Correlates of Pedophilia: Are They Reliable Indicators?", Journal of Sex Research, vol. 29, No. 3, 1992, pp. 297-328.

Okami & Goldberg describe evidence that social advocacy concerns, rather than scientific principles, influence the design of many studies. They write that this may reflect a conflict of interest between scientific inquiry and the enforcement of social norms.

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