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NCJ Number: 212820 Find in a Library
Title: Strength of Sexual Arousal as a Function of the Age of the Sex Offender: Comparisons Among Pedophiles, Hebephiles, and Teleiophiles
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:17  Issue:4  Dated:October 2005  Pages:441-456
Author(s): Ray Blanchard; Howard E. Barbaree
Date Published: October 2005
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the rates of decline in the strength of sexual arousal as a function of age in three groups of males: those most sexually attracted to children (pedophiles), those most attracted to teens (hebephiles), and those most attracted to physically mature persons (teleiophiles).
Abstract: Study findings indicated that for all three groups of men, sexual arousal reached its peak in the period shortly after puberty (period of biological/physical change related to reproductive ability) and then declined with age similarly for all groups. These findings suggest that any differences in patterns of problematic sexual interactions with preferred age groups that involve offenders of the same age are due to factors other than degree of sexual arousal. Study participants were 2,028 patients referred to Toronto's (Canada) Center for Addiction and Mental Health from 1995 to 2004 for evaluation of criminal or problematic sexual behavior, but not for erectile or ejaculatory problems. All underwent measurements of penile blood volume when exposed to audiovisual narratives of sexual interactions with young girls, teen girls, adult women, young boys, teen boys, and adult men. Arousal from these sexual stimuli were compared with arousal when exposed to narratives of nonsexual activities. The ages of the patients ranged from 13 to 79, with a mean age for the sample of 37.5 years. The analysis matched sexual arousal measurements to age for those identified as pedophiles, hebephiles, and teleiophiles. 5 figures and 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Comparative analysis; Sex offender profiles; Sex offenders; Sexual behavior
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