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Is “Pedophilia” a Useful or a Confusing Concept? An Empirical Study on Sexual Abuse of Children, Sexual Orientation and Typology: Implications for Therapy

Author(s): Thore Langfeldt

Journal: Sexual Offender Treatment
ISSN 1862-2941

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 04;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: pedophilia | sexual abuse of children | typology | childhood | sexual orientation | therapy

The concept of pedophilia has traditionally been used as a homogeneous mental disorder by most authors and therapists. The present study, investigating different parameters in men who offend against children, shows that men who sexually offend against boys significantly differ from those who sexually offend against girls only. They are differences with respect to sexual orientation, prevalence, number of victims and being sexually abused during childhood. In the course of therapy, most men who sexually offend against boys turned out to be homosexual. These findings are discussed in relation to the life situation of young homosexual boys, and with regard to therapeutic work with sex offenders.
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