Current Sexual Health Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 121–128 | Cite as

Non-offending Pedophiles

  • James M. Cantor
  • Ian V. McPhail
Current Controversies (P Kleinplatz and C Moser, Section Editors)
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Non-offending pedophiles are a unique population of individuals who experience sexual interest in children, but despite common misperceptions, have neither had sexual contact with a child nor have accessed illegal child sexual exploitation material. An emerging body of research has examined the prevalence of pedophilic interests, characteristics of non-offending pedophiles, correlates of pedophilic interests, and stigma associated with pedophilia. Treatment programs are beginning to produce findings regarding the effectiveness of treatment in supporting non-offending pedophiles to remain offence-free. The current review spans these areas of research and discusses potential treatment options for working with non-offending pedophiles based on that research base.


Non-offending pedophiles Treatment Stigma-related stress Pedophilia 



IVM was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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JMC and IVM declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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This article does not report any study with human or animal subjects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Campbell Family Mental Health Research InstituteCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  2. 2.University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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