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6. Obsession and addiction

The American Psychiatric Association's DSM says that pedophilia involves "recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors."20 However, no studies have been conducted to determine whether attraction to minors is more recurrent and intense than normal sexual attraction to adults.

A handful of researchers have examined the thoughts and feelings of men attracted to boys:21

This has led some researchers to conclude that the feelings and fantasies of pedophiles and ephebophiles resemble those of normal heterosexual menís feelings toward women.23

On the other hand, providers of sex offender treatment work under the assumption that pedophilia and ephebophilia can be treated by relapse prevention methods adopted from the field of addiction recovery.24

• For more information, see the section on this site about feelings and characteristics of minor-attracted men.

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20. American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders DSM IV-R, Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

21. Li, 1990b; Wilson & Cox, 1983.

22. Li, 1990b.

23. Li, 1990b; Wilson & Cox, 1983.

24. Crawford, 1981; Hall, 1996; Langevin, 1983.