Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 77–86 | Cite as

Behavior patterns of child molesters

  • W. D. Erickson
  • N. H. Walbek
  • R. K. Seely


Despite intense interest in the problem of child sex abuse, base rates for different offense characteristics are poorly defined. The likelihood of otherwise uncorroborated allegations of sexual abuse could be assessed in light of known frequencies of alleged behaviors, if such were available. This paper reviews the current literature on the topic of the specific behaviors of child molesters, along with other epidemiological characteristics, and provides new data drawn from experience with 229 convicted child molesters.

Key words

child sex abuse incest pedophilia homosexual pedophilia pedophilic behavior 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. D. Erickson
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. H. Walbek
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. K. Seely
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatrySt. Paul Ramsey Medical CenterSt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.The Intensive Treatment Program for Sexual AggressivesMinnesota Security HospitalSt. PeterUSA

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