alexa Child pornography offenses are a valid diagnostic indicator of pedophilia.
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Journal of Forensic Research

Author(s): Seto MC, Cantor JM, Blanchard R, Seto MC, Cantor JM, Blanchard R

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Abstract This study investigated whether being charged with a child pornography offense is a valid diagnostic indicator of pedophilia, as represented by an index of phallometrically assessed sexual arousal to children. The sample of 685 male patients was referred between 1995 and 2004 for a sexological assessment of their sexual interests and behavior. As a group, child pornography offenders showed greater sexual arousal to children than to adults and differed from groups of sex offenders against children, sex offenders against adults, and general sexology patients. The results suggest child pornography offending is a stronger diagnostic indicator of pedophilia than is sexually offending against child victims. Theoretical and clinical implications are discussed. Copyright 2006 APA, all rights reserved. This article was published in J Abnorm Psychol and referenced in Journal of Forensic Research

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