Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 331–333 | Cite as

Accepting Sexual Interest in Children as Unchangeable: One Claim Fits for All? Comments on Grundmann, Krupp, Scherner, Amelung, and Beier’s (2016) “Stability of Self-Reported Arousal to Sexual Fantasies Involving Children in a Clinical Sample of Pedophiles and Hebephiles”

  • Safiye TozdanEmail author
  • Peer Briken
Letter to the Editor

Within the Berlin Dissexuality Therapy Program (Berlin Institute of Sexology & Sexual Medicine, 2013), clients are supported in accepting their sexual interest in children as unchangeable and in integrating it into their self-concept. The primary goal is controlling sexual desires related to children in order to impede potential sexual offending behavior (Beier et al., 2009).

Especially concerning the main outcome measures in Grundmann, Krupp, Scherner, Amelung, and Beier (2016), it can be assumed that this therapeutic strategy is supposed to have an impact on the clients’ perception of the stability of their sexual interest in children, on their expectations regarding changes in their sexual interest in children, and, consequently, on their behavioral motivation to change it (for details, see Tozdan & Briken, 2015a).

Defining a disorder as an unchangeable personal trait strengthens its expected immutability and consequently may also hinder remission (Briken, Fedoroff, & Bradford, 2014...


Sexual Arousal Sexual Interest Child Pornography Sexual Fantasy Pedophilia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Sex Research and Forensic PsychiatryUniversity Medical Center Hamburg-EppendorfHamburgGermany

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