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:
- Sex offenders against minors do not adequately represent minor-attracted adults in the general population.1
- Such studies limit their scope to sex acts, failing to examine important contextual aspects such as feelings and relationships.2
The following sections draw on both criminological studies and studies based on minor-attracted men who were identified outside the law enforcement system.