Pedophilic disorder is characterized by recurring, intense sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behavior involving children (usually 13 years old or younger). Pedophiles may be attracted to young boys, young girls, or both, and they may be attracted only to children or to children and adults.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: PW157
Diagnosis: Pedophilia
US Patients: Estimated 5% adult men.
World Patients:
Sex Ratio: M10;W
Age Onset: Age 16 (5 years older than the victim)
Brain Area: less white matter; less hypothalamic arousal on adult pornography; disturbances in pr
Symptoms: Sexual attraction to a child younger than 13; Some child molestors do not have pedophilia and some pedophiliacs do not molest.
Progression: Since 1997, some pedophiles have indefinite imprisonment. It is “self-discovered” not chosen. Consume child porn.
Causes: lower IQ’s, higher school failure, physically smaller, head injuries,
Medications: no evidence it is curable; antiandrogen drugs may decrease testosterone.
Therapies: CBT has limited effectiveness.

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  • Acquired Pedophilia: international Delphi-method-based consensus guidelines
    by Cristina Scarpazza on January 18, 2023

    Idiopathic and acquired pedophilia are two different disorders with two different etiologies. However, the differential diagnosis is still very difficult, as the behavioral indicators used to discriminate the two forms of pedophilia are underexplored, and clinicians are still devoid of clear guidelines describing the clinical and neuroscientific investigations suggested to help them with this difficult task. Furthermore, the consequences of misdiagnosis are not known, and a consensus regarding...

  • Self-Esteem, Perceived Social Support, and Suicidal Ideation and Behavior Among Adults Attracted to Children
    by Maggie Ingram on January 11, 2023

    Introduction: People who are attracted to children may be at elevated risk for suicidal ideation and behavior compared to the general population. However, factors associated with suicidal ideation and behavior in this population represent a gap in the literature.Methods: The current study used multilinear regression to explore the impact of self-esteem and perceived social support on suicidal ideation and behavior in a sample of 154 adults attracted to children. Mediation analysis was conducted...

  • Community intervention programs for sex offenders: A systematic review
    by Sofia Barros on December 12, 2022

    Sexual violence is a phenomenon that negatively impacts the victims' physical and psychological health and well-being. Sex offenders tend not to take responsibility for their actions, have difficulties in emotion regulation and impulse control, paraphilias or other disorders, so they are a difficult group to treat. In addition, the available psychological treatment programs tend to have inconsistent and, sometimes, undesirable results. This systematic review aimed to analyse the recidivism rates...

  • Sadistic Sexual Crimes Against Children: Comparing the Manifestation of Sexual Sadism and Crime-Commission Process
    by Kylie S Reale on November 15, 2022

    Individuals who commit sexual offenses against children have been shown to be distinctive from adult offenders across both individual and crime characteristics. However, an examination of the literature shows that there are gaps in the research related to whether sadism manifests differently between those who target child compared to adult victims. The current study therefore aimed to explore the differences in the characteristics, crime-commission process, and the dimensions of sadism between...