The proportions of heterosexual and homosexual pedophiles among sex offenders against children: an exploratory study

J Sex Marital Ther. Spring 1992;18(1):34-43. doi: 10.1080/00926239208404356.


Previous investigations have indicated that the ratio of sex offenders against female children vs. offenders against male children is approximately 2:1, while the ratio of gynephiles to androphiles among the general population is approximately 20:1. The present study investigated whether the etiology of preferred partner sex among pedophiles is related to the etiology of preferred partner sex among males preferring adult partners. Using phallometric test sensitivities to calculate the proportion of true pedophiles among various groups of sex offenders against children, and taking into consideration previously reported mean numbers of victims per offender group, the ratio of heterosexual to homosexual pedophiles was calculated to be approximately 11:1. This suggests that the resulting proportion of true pedophiles among persons with a homosexual erotic development is greater than that in persons who develop heterosexually. This, of course, would not indicate that androphilic males have a greater propensity to offend against children.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Homosexuality / psychology*
  • Homosexuality / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pedophilia / epidemiology
  • Pedophilia / psychology*
  • Penile Erection
  • Research / standards
  • Research Design
  • Sexual Partners*