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Prevalence of MHAM

No studies have directly investigated the number of men preferentially attracted to boys. A few have investigated the number with deviant sexual arousal in general, or the number attracted to girls. Some studies have investigated the percent of adults who exhibit any attraction to children at all, rather than those who are preferentially attracted to children or adolescents. A few researchers have tried to base estimates on studies of offenders or theories about the cause of minor-attraction.

Non-preferential attraction

Most men have some feelings of attraction for minors, but not preferential feelings.

Preferential attraction

No study has specifically addressed preferential attraction to prepubescent boys, or to adolescents of either gender, among non-criminal samples.

Annotated bibliography

Feierman, J., "Introduction and A Biosocial Overview," in Feierman, J. (ed.), Pedophilia: Biosocial Dimensions, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1990a, pp. 1-68.

Jay Feierman from the University of New Mexico explains his hormonal theory which predicts a 7% to 10% prevalence of men attracted to boys, based on a 5% prevalence of men attracted to men.

Hall, G.C.N., Hirschman, R., & Oliver, L.L., "Sexual Arousal and Arousability to Pedophilic Stimuli in a Community Sample of Normal Men," Behavior Therapy, vol. 26, 1995, pp. 681-694.

Hall and colleagues describe their finding that according to both self-reports and physiological measurements, over 25% of the men in their sample of volunteers were sexually aroused by pre-pubescent girls at a level equal to or greater than their arousal to adult women.

Smiljanich, K. & Briere, J., "Self-reported sexual interest in children: Sex differences and psychosocial correlates in a university sample," Violence & Victims, vol. 11, no. 1, 1996, pp. 39-50.

Kathy Smiljanich and John Briere report that 22% of their sample of male college students admitted some attraction to children (although the word child was not defined). Four percent admitted having a sexual fantasy involving a child in the past year, and 3% admitted they might have sex with a child if they were assured it would not be detected or punished.


1. Freund, 1981.
2. Smiljanich & Briere, 1996.
3. Annon, 1993*.
4. West, 1998.
5. Okami & Goldberg, 1992.
6. Feierman, 1990a.
7. Hall et al., 1995.
8. Feierman, 1990a.
*offsite article
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