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What Do We Know About Pedophilia?
Description: Plenary provides an overview of what we have learned scientifically about pedophilia, defined as a persistent, recurrent sexual attraction to prepubescent children. He will discuss etiology, assessment, key characteristics of individuals with pedophilia, the empirical association between pedophilia and sexual offending involving children, stigma and the implications of this knowledge for public health, policy and clinical practice. Also addressed will be the controversial idea that pedophilia can be understood as a sexual orientation with regard to age.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: recognize how pedophilia is typically assessed in clinical and forensic settings; describe the empirical association between pedophilia and sexual offending against children.