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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  • Neurodevelopmental Differences, Pedohebephilia, and Sexual Offending: Findings from Two Online Surveys
    by Sara Jahnke on January 7, 2022

    The neurodevelopmental theory of pedohebephilia states that sexual interests in children arise from early neurodevelopmental perturbations, as, for example, evidenced by increased non-right-handedness, more childhood head injuries, and reduced intelligence and height. As corroborating evidence largely rests on samples of convicted men, we conducted online surveys among German-speaking (Study 1, N = 199) and English-speaking men (Study 2, N = 632), specifically targeting community members with...

  • Neural processing associated with Cognitive Empathy in Pedophilia and Child Sexual Offending
    by Miriam Schuler on December 15, 2021

    Behavioral studies found evidence for superior cognitive empathy (CE) in pedophilic men without a history of child sexual offending (P-CSO) compared to pedophilic men with a history of CSO (P+CSO). Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies also point to differences between P-CSO and P+CSO. Neural processing associated with CE has not yet been investigated. Therefore, the present study aimed to explore the neural correlates of CE in subjects with pedophilia with (P+CSO) and without...

  • Serotonin system-associated genetic and epigenetic changes in pedophilia and child sexual offending
    by Kirsten Jahn on December 6, 2021

    Numerous studies have shown associations between anomalies of the serotonergic system and impulsive behavior, depression, or traumatic life events. However, it is currently unknown, whether pedophilia or child sexual offending (CSO) is also related to alterations of the serotonergic system. Using a two by two factorial paradigm within a multisite consortium (NeMUP*) study cohort, we analyzed whether the SLC6A4-linked polymorphic region (SLC6A4LPR) or the SLC6A4 (transporter) and HTR3A (receptor)...

  • Acceptance of Sexual Interest in Minors in Self-Referred Individuals Under Treatment - An Exploratory Pilot Study
    by Ute Lampalzer on November 22, 2021

    Some therapists/scientists argue that "acceptance" of sexual interest in minors (SIM), i.e., the integration of the sexual preference into the individual self-concept, is a prerequisite for dealing with SIM in a responsible way. However, if one assumes that - even in some persons - SIM might change over time, "acceptance" could also run counter to therapeutic targets because the motivation to change as well as the specific self-efficacy for modifying SIM might be reduced. This exploratory pilot...