Christine Wiebking, Alexander Sartorius, Harald Dressing, Georg Northoff

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Sexual abuse of children is an important societal problem: up to 20% of children have been approached by an adult in a sexual context or have been victims of sexual abuse. Approximately half of sex offenses against children are perpetrated by individuals with a diagnosis of pedophilia. The identification, management and treatment of sexual offenders with pedophilia are key tasks in forensic psychiatry. Pedophilia can be divided into several subtypes, based on factors such as the age of the preferred target. Recent research has begun to elucidate possible psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying pedophilia. Neuroimaging studies have identified abnormalities in the emotional processing of sexual stimuli in pedophilic offenders. In the future, findings such as these may assist forensic psychiatrists in classifying sexual offenders, and perhaps in developing therapeutic interventions and assessing treatment response.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeuroimaging in Forensic Psychiatry: From the Clinic to the Courtroom
Subtitle of host publicationFrom the Clinic to the Courtroom
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Inc.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780470976999
Publication statusPublished - Mar 16 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Amygdala
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Pedophilia
  • Prefrontal cortex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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