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28 de janeiro de 2019

What I learned by reading “Identifying the psychobiological correlates of pedophilic desire and behavior”.

Filed under: Saúde e bem-estar — Tags:, , — Yurinho @ 17:24

Identifying the psychobiological correlates of pedophilic desire and behavior: how can we generalize our knowledge beyond forensic samples?” was written by Lisa J. Cohen and Igor I. Galynker. Below, what I learned by reading this text.

  1. The definition of pedophilia in the DSM-IV-TR is rudimentary and limited by the insufficient knowledge about the subject.
  2. If we do not understand the phenomenon, we can not deal with it adequately.
  3. A biased research produces useless results.
  4. Since most pedophilia research is done in the forensic population ( incarcerated people), it is natural that the DSM-IV-TR is flawed in it’s understanding of pedophilia..
  5. We do not know much about non-offending pedophiles.
  6. Being attracted to children does not guarantee that you will have sex with them.
  7. A diagnosis may have little clinical significance.
  8. The non-pedophile criminal who flirts with a child may be doing so because he lacks self-control (in the absence of an adult partner, he seeks a child).
  9. Pedophilia is a preferential attraction: you are a pedophile if you are exclusively attracted to children or if your desire for children is stronger than the desire for adults.
  10. More anxiety, less desire, and an abnormal sexual history are traits of attraction, while impulsiveness and traces of psychopathy are signs of poor self-control .
  11. Comparing pedophiles with drug addicts (also in the forensic population), pedophiles have less impulsivity and less evidence of psychopathy.
  12. In general, the pedophile suffers from more anxiety than normal people (obviously).
  13. As these data were obtained in the forensic population, the authors are honest in saying that these results do not extend to pedophiles who abstain from relationships with children.

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