Recidivism in pedophiles: an investigation using different diagnostic methods

  title={Recidivism in pedophiles: an investigation using different diagnostic methods},
  author={Heather M Moulden and Philip Firestone and Drew A. Kingston and John M. W. Bradford},
  journal={The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry \& Psychology},
  pages={680 - 701}
The relationship between pedophilia and recidivism was examined in a sample of 206 extra-familial child molesters assessed at a university teaching hospital between 1982 and 1992. To address definitional issues, pedophilia was defined in one of four ways: (1) a DSM diagnosis made by a psychiatrist; (2) a deviant phallometric profile; (3) a combination of DSM diagnosis and deviant phallometric results; and, (4) high scores based on the Screening Scale for Pedophilic Interest (SSPI; Seto & Lalumi… 
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