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Unformatted text preview: Most theories of pedophilia have tended to be single factor theories, and they have been inadequate in one way or another to explain the full range and diversity of pedophilic behavior. What seems to be needed is a more complicated model that integrates a variety of single factor explanations in a way that accounts for the many different kinds of pedophilic outcomes. Some of the most popular theories about pedophilia are essentially attempts to explain why an adult would find it emotionally satisfying to relate sexually to a child. We have called this emotional congruence because it conveys the idea of a fit between the adult's emotional needs and the child's characteristics. Some of the psychological theories which take this approach are psychoanalytic in origin. Theorists like Hammer and Glueck and Groth and Burgess, for example, talk about pedophiles as having arrested psychological development. Pedophiles experience themselves as children, they have childish emotional needs, and thus they wish to relate to other children ((Bartol &Bartol, 2011).).relate to other children ((Bartol &Bartol, 2011)....
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This document was uploaded on 07/26/2011.
- Spring '11