Predictors of child pornography offenses and child sexual abuse in a community sample of pedophiles and hebephiles

Sex Abuse. 2011 Jun;23(2):212-42. doi: 10.1177/1079063210382043. Epub 2010 Oct 9.


Little is known about factors that distinguish men who act upon their self-identified sexual interest in prepubescent or pubescent children from those who do not. Even less is known about pedophiles or hebephiles who are not involved with the criminal justice system. In this study, a sample of 155 self-referred pedophiles and hebephiles was recruited from the community. All participants met DSM-IV-TR criteria for pedophilia (or paraphilia not otherwise specified for those who were sexually attracted to pubescent children). Two sets of group comparisons were conducted on sociodemographic variables and measures of dynamic risk factors. The first set was based on recent activity and compared men who had committed child pornography only or child sexual abuse offenses in the past six months with men who remained offense-free during the same period. The second set was based on lifetime offense history (excluding the most recent six months) and compared child pornography offenders with child sexual abuse offenders and men who had committed both kinds of offenses. Overall, there were more similarities than differences between groups.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / prevention & control
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Criminal Psychology / methods
  • Erotica / psychology*
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pedophilia / psychology*
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Assessment / methods
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Social Behavior