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Diagnostic Criteria for Pedophilia Redefined

Why churches must understand the severe nature of a pedophile's offenses.

The term pedophile is widely used but poorly understood. Often, it is used synonymously with child molester. The American Psychiatric Association's current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) identifies the following "diagnostic criteria" for pedophilia:

  1. Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (generally age 13 years or younger).
  2. The person has acted on these urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulty.
  3. The person is at least age 16 years and at least 5 years older than the child or children in Criterion A.
Note: Do not include an individual in late adolescence involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a 12- or 13-year-old.

This definition implies that pedophiles are ...

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  • March 1, 2013

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