Mary de Young is a professor of sociology at Grand Valley State University, where from 2000-2003 she served as the head of the sociology department.[1] She has published a variety of works in the area of child sexual abuse, including five books, several book chapters, and more than thirty-five peer-reviewed journal papers.[1]

Scholarly works

In 1989, de Young reviewed the literature published by pro-pedophile organizations for public dissemination and found that pro-pedophile organizations used several strategies to promote goals of public acceptance of pedophilia, including the adoption of value-neutral terminology, redefining the term child sexual abuse, promoting the idea that children can consent to sex with adults, questioning the assumption of harm, promoting objective research, and the declassification of pedophilia as mental illness.[2]

De Young has also published several works examining the satanic ritual abuse controversy as a moral panic from a sociological perspective.


Book chapters

  • deYoung, M (1992). "Credibility Assessment During the Sexual Abuse Evaluation". in O'Donohue W & Geer JH. The Sexual Abuse of Children: Clinical Issues v.2. Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. ISBN 0805809791. 
  • deYoung, M; Lowry JA (1991). "Traumatic Bonding: From Concept to Application; Mothers in Paternally Incestuous Families: Another Look at Collusion". in Mauro LM & Woods JH. Building Bridges: Interdisciplinary Research in Child Abuse and Neglect. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press. 


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