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Neural Mechanisms underlying Pedophilia and Child Sexual Abuse - NeMUP

The Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine forms part in the nation wide research network NeMUP aiming at clarifying neural, endocrine, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying pedophilia and child sexual abuse behaviors.

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Project Outline

The research network is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung). Brain imaging, psychometric, and physiologiclal methods are applied in order to clarify mechanisms underlying pedophilia and child sexual offending. To this end the study compares for the first time non-offending pedophiles from the Dunkelfeld to child sexual offenders with and without pedophilia as well as community controls. Thus, over the three year funding period, a differentiation of sexual preference and sexual behaviors will be possible. The results seek to contribute to existing therapeutic and preventive strategies for child sexual abuse behaviors. The collaboration between leading forensic research institutions and the prevention network Dunkelfeld ( represents a world wide novum.

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