Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 211–215 | Cite as

Clinical Characteristics and Treatment Response to SSRI in a Female Pedophile

  • Eva W. C. Chow
  • Alberto L. Choy


Although much investigation has been done with male sex offenders, there have been few studies on female sex offenders. Female sex offenders have been reported as having a high incidence of psychiatric disorders, but female paraphilics were rarely described. The literature on the treatment of female sex offenders is also limited and treatment with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) has not been reported. This paper presents the case of a woman with DSM-IV pedophilia. Her clinical characteristics, her offense history, and her positive response to treatment with sertraline (a SSRI) are described. This case adds to the limited literature on female pedophiles and suggests that SSRIs may be an effective treatment for paraphilic disorders in female sex offenders.

female pedophile female sex offenders sertraline selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva W. C. Chow
    • 1
  • Alberto L. Choy
    • 1
  1. 1.Law and Mental Health ProgramCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada

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