Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 553–563 | Cite as

The basis of the abused abuser theory of pedophilia: A further elaboration on an earlier study

  • Kurt Freund
  • Michael Kuban


The connection between the retrospective self-report of sexual abuse in child-hood by an adult person, and (i) erotically preferred age bracket and (ii) type of offense, was investigated in 303 heterosexual males. This group consisted of 83 pedophilic sex offenders against female children, 52 sex offenders against female children who erotically preferred adult women, 34 sex offenders against adult women, and 134 volunteer controls. An earlier exploratory investigation with somewhat smaller numbers of individuals had rendered only ambiguous results. After regrouping of individuals and more precise analysis of results, the present study demonstrated that the self-report of having been sexually abused in childhood is mainly connected with pedophilia. Status as a sex offender in general was not related to childhood abuse.

Key words

sexual abuse pedophilia sex offenders phallometric method 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Freund
    • 1
  • Michael Kuban
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Behavioural SexologyClarke Institute of PsychiatryTorontoCanada

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