Thursday, April 25, 2013

First accurate psychiatric test for pedophiles reported

First accurate psychiatric test for pedophiles reported, Matthijs van Leeuwen, Rick van Baaren, and colleagues from the Radboud University Nijmegen published the first study that accurately determines a man’s predisposition to be a pedophile in the April 24, 2013, issue of the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.

The study is unique in that it involved pedophiles that were not incarcerated and produced an identification rate that was 90 percent accurate.

The test subjects included 20 men who reported themselves as pedophiles but had who had never had any sexual contact with children, 20 men who reported themselves as pedophiles who had had sexual contact with children, and 20 heterosexual men as a control.

The tests involved word association and the observation of photographs in a rapid scenario. The subjects listened to 20 neutral words (such as earth, beige, theory, store) combined randomly with sex-relevant words (such as erection, nude, love, caressing) and 20 pictures of adults (males and females) and children. By clicking on a left or right button, the subjects were asked to classify whether each picture was sex-relevant or neutral, and adult or child.

The rapidity with which the test subjects responded to a combination of words or pictures accurately identified a person as a pedophile 90 percent of the time.

The results are based on the concept of implicit associations that are thought by psychiatrists to be automatic, unconscious, and difficult to repress.

The researchers warn that although these results are impressive the test needs further study before police or other organizations begin to use such a test and get sued by falsely accused persons. Additionally, the test was not able to distinguish between men who had sexual contact as a pedophile and those who did not so prosecution based on the test at this time is impossible.

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