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Behavioral theories13

Behavioral theories focus on observable behavior rather than underlying motivations. They assume that behavior develops and can be changed through conditioning: pairing positive or negative feelings with those behaviors. Thus, they assume that sexual arousal to a stimulus results from repeated association of sexual gratification with that stimulus during masturbation or sexual activity.

Several speculative behavioral theories for pedophilia have been proposed:

None of these theories have been tested scientifically.

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13. Garland & Dougher, 1990; Hall, 1996; Howells, 1981; Li, 1990a.