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NCJ Number: 220514 Find in a Library
Title: IQ, Handedness, and Pedophilia in Adult Male Patients Stratified by Referral Source
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:19  Issue:3  Dated:September 2007  Pages:285-309
Author(s): Ray Blanchard; Nathan J. Kolla; James M. Cantor; Philip E. Klassen; Robert Dickey; Michael E. Kuban; Thomas Blak
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 25
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether the previously observed link between pedophilia (sexual attraction to children) and lower intelligence quotient (IQ) was overestimated or underestimated due to systematic differences in the sources of referrals for pedophiles compared with referral sources for sex offenders sexually attracted to adolescents or adults (teleiophilia).
Abstract: The study provided no evidence that the previously observed relationship between pedophilia and lower IQ was due to selective bias in referrals. The relationship between pedophilia and lower IQ, lesser education, and increased rates of left-handedness were the same in homogeneous groups referred by lawyers or parole and probation officers as in a heterogeneous group referred by a variety of other sources. Neither was there evidence that the relationship between pedophilia and lower intelligence was biased because intelligent pedophiles fake teleiophilia in assessments. The analysis of phallometric measurements (measure of changes in penile blood flow as an indicator of sexual response to various sexual images and/or narratives) found no correlation between IQ and the suppression of penile responding, which probably means there is no correlation between IQ and attempting to manipulate the outcome of the phallometric test. The subjects were 832 adult male patients referred to a specialty clinic for evaluation of their sexual behavior. The patients' erotic preferences for prepubescent, pubescent, or adult partners were assessed with phallometric testing. Full-scale IQ was estimated by using six subtests from the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Revised. 6 tables, 10 figures, and 57 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Canada; Child molesters; Foreign criminal justice research; Intelligence Quotient (IQ); Intelligence-crime relationships; Referral services; Sex offender profiles
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