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Because men attracted to boys constitute a hidden population, they are usually only studied when they come to the attention of law enforcement authorities. Thus, most conclusions about their behavior are based on criminological studies. Such studies suffer from two shortcomings:

The following sections draw on both criminological studies and studies based on minor-attracted men who were identified outside the law enforcement system.

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1. For more details, see the sections in this site on important distinctions and problems with research.

2. Jones, 1990; Okami, 1990.