Western Undergraduate Psychology Journal

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Considerations in the Development of Treatment Options for Individuals with Pedophilic Attractions


While pedophilia is an orientation classified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a psychiatric condition, punishment has always taken priority over rehabilitation. Although the integrity of society’s children is the utmost priority, we must create a safe environment to encourage individuals to come forward in order to proactively prevent harmful behaviours from occurring. A number of treatment methods are currently being utilized with limited efficacy. This paper explores current treatment techniques as well as the associated challenges and obstacles to these approaches. In addition to education about pedophilia as a problematic orientation, this paper advocates for a treatment approach that focuses on helping the individual control the destructive behavior through social support and cognitive therapy.

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