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A Compositional Explanatory Theory of Pedophilia

Gannon, Theresa A. (2021) A Compositional Explanatory Theory of Pedophilia. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 61 . Article Number 101662. ISSN 1359-1789. (doi:10.1016/j.avb.2021.101662) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:90378)

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A key problem associated with adequate knowledge generation in pedophilia is that theories and studies predominantly examine abusive pedophilia. Acting abusively in relation to children—even where pedophilia is present—is likely to involve a different set of processes to those involved in the underlying concept of pedophilia itself. What is required is a consistent definition of pedophilia, as well as an explanation of its composition, to promote insight into the etiological mechanisms underpinning pedophilia independent of abusive behavior. In this manuscript, I critically review both the concept of pedophilia and existing pedophilia theory. Then, using the Phenomena Detection Method of Theory Construction (PDM-TC; Ward & Clack, 2019), I generate a compositional explanatory theory of pedophilia (CEToP). The CEToP examines the composition and possible causes of pedophilia via an overarching framework that specifies two key pathways as being responsible for the central clinical features of pedophilia and reconciles biological and environmental explanations of pedophilia. I examine this new theory according to key evaluative components associated with theory construction and conclude by highlighting the CEToP’s potential application for research and practice with individuals experiencing pedophilia.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.avb.2021.101662
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2021 16:07 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 08:20 UTC
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