Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 40, Issue 6, pp 1081–1088 | Cite as

Misdiagnoses of Pedohebephilia Using Victim Count: A Reply to Wollert and Cramer (2011)

  • Ray BlanchardEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Wollert and Cramer (2011) recently reanalyzed the data from my study of victim count as a diagnostic indicator of pedohebephilia (Blanchard, 2010c). Their focus was the proposed guideline of diagnosing a patient as pedohebephilic if that patient has sexually molested three or more different children age 14 or younger, on separate occasions spanning at least 6 months. Wollert and Cramer contended that such a guideline would mean that 81–85% of patients so diagnosed would be falsely diagnosed. I am writing to explain the mistakes that led them to this false conclusion and to demonstrate that a more realistic estimate of this rate is around 28–29%. I have directed this letter to the Archives of Sexual Behavior (ASB) rather than to Behavioral Sciences and the Law (BSL) because two of the three papers relevant to this matter were published in ASB, and because BSL does not print letters to the editor.

Background of the Debate

In the December 2010 issue of this journal, First (2010) and I...


Sexual Attraction Child Pornography Pedophilia Child Victim Penile Response 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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