Legal, social, and biological definitions of pedophilia

  title={Legal, social, and biological definitions of pedophilia},
  author={Melissa A. Ames and David A. Houston},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
Although there is substantial evidence in the historical and anthropological record of the sexual use of children by adults, surprisingly little is known about the etiology of pedophilia or its relation to other forms of sexual aggression. After briefly reviewing the research on pedophilia, we argue that one major difficulty in conducting or interpreting such research lies in the different definitions “pedophilia” has received. Most important, much of the research has accepted a legal… 
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