Is Pedophilia a Mental Disorder?

  title={Is Pedophilia a Mental Disorder?},
  author={Richard Green},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
  • R. Green
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • Psychology
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior
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