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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  • Paraphilic Interests Versus Behaviors: Factors that Distinguish Individuals Who Act on Paraphilic Interests From Individuals Who Refrain
    by Lauryn Vander Molen on June 14, 2022

    Little is known about distinct factors linked with acting on paraphilic interests or refraining from engaging in paraphilic behaviors. Participants from Canada and the United States (N = 744), aged 19-42 years (M = 29.2; SD = 3.18), were recruited through Amazon's Mechanical Turk. Participants completed questionnaires about their paraphilic interests and behaviors, as well as potential key factors linked to behavioral engagement (i.e., perceptions of consent, sexual excitation/inhibition,...

  • Interference inhibition in offending and non-offending pedophiles: A preliminary event-related fMRI study
    by K Weidacker on June 13, 2022

    The ability to inhibit behavior is thought to be an import skill for avoiding criminal conduct, especially when combined with personal predispositions or criminogenic needs such as a pedophilic preference disorder. While previous research emphasized the relationship between impulsivity and child sexual offending, not pedophilia per se, studies on the underlying neurobiological mechanisms in subdomains of impulsivity remained scarce. Here, we focused on interference inhibition and examined...

  • Clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse of minors - case study
    by Anna Więcek-Durańska on May 15, 2022

    CONCLUSIONS: Attention should be drawn to the fact that in many of the cases the clergy perpetrated child sexual abuse consisted in direct physical violence, as well as regular sexual intercourse. Also, not all perpetrators were required to undergo appropriate diagnostic tests in order to verify whether they have a disorder of sexual preference in the form of pedophilia. In the studied group of cases, in every third case the perpetrator, after disclosure of the acts, was transferred to another...

  • Pedohebephilia and Perceived Non-coercive Childhood Sexual Experiences: Two Non-matched Case-Control Studies
    by Sara Jahnke on May 13, 2022

    Research on the link between childhood sexual abuse experiences (CSAE) and pedohebephilia is limited by its focus on events that the respondents rate as abusive. We asked 199 German-speaking (Study 1) and 632 English-speaking (Study 2) men with and without self-reported pedohebephilia to complete the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) and scales to assess perceived non-coercive childhood sexual experiences with adults (PNCSE-A), and peers (PNCSE-P, only Study 2). A substantial number of...