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Developmental theories12

Developmental theories assume that pedophilia results from adverse childhood experiences: negative socialization, abuse or neglect, inadequate social skills, academic problems, or early sexual experiences.

Like cognitive theories, all developmental theories suffer from the following shortcomings:

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12. Garland & Dougher, 1990; Hall, 1996; Howells, 1981; Langevin, 1983; Freund & Kuban, 1993.