Chapter 43. Pedophilia

Michael C. Seto, Ph.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585622986.261057



The word pedophilia is derived from the Greek words for love (philia) and young children (pedeiktos). Pedophilia is defined as a persistent sexual interest in prepubescent children, reflected in recurrent thoughts, fantasies, urges, sexual arousal, or behavior (American Psychiatric Association 2000; World Health Organization 1997). In its strongest form, pedophilia reflects an exclusive sexual preference for prepubescent children, in which the pedophilic individual has no sexual interest in adults.

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Table 43–1. Elements of a comprehensive evaluation for pedophilic individuals
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Table 43–2. Recommendations for treatment of pedophilia and pedophilic sex offenders


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