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Editorial
April 29, 2020

A Randomized Clinical Trial in Patients With a Pedophilic Disorder: A Milestone

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  • 1Institute for Sex Research, Sexual Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry, University Medical Centre, Hamburg, Germany
JAMA Psychiatry. 2020;77(9):893-894. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0430

Nowadays, experts distinguish very clearly between pedophilic disorder as a psychiatric disorder (characterized by intense sexual interest in children accompanied by distress, interpersonal difficulty, and/or a risk of sexual offenses against children) on the one side and the criminal offense of child sexual abuse on the other. Most child sexual abuse offenses are not committed in relation to a pedophilic disorder. However, for people who have already committed a child abuse offense, pedophilic interest is a significant risk factor for reoffending.1

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