Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology - Florida School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Patricia S. Dixon

Second Advisor

Eric L. Rosen


Sexual crimes are a persistent and significant social dilemma that continues to plague our society (Lee, Jackson, Pattison, & Ward,2002). Past research has made considerable advancements in terms of the types of interventions that clinicians can utilize when they work with individuals who have a history of child sexual offenses. However, current literature lacks an understanding of the risk factors that influence the development of Pedophilic Disorder. A history of sexual trauma also affects families. The children of traumatized individuals have more adjustment difficulties than their counterparts who did not have a parent(s) with a sexual trauma history. This clinical research project examines the variables which contribute to the manifestation of Pedophilic Disorder. Specifically, this study looks at how the current literature distinguishes between Pedophilic Disorder, child molestation, and incest.

Additionally, this project explores the types of treatments utilized. The goal of this study is to facilitate more insight into the causes of this mental disorder. Due to the increased prevalence rate of sexual offenses against children, it is essential to help elucidate the origins of Pedophilic Disorder with the goal of improved interventions and with the hope of movement towards a prevention model of treatment for the disorder.