• Željko Bjelajac Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary Novi Sad


pedophilia, causes of pedophilia, prevalence, Internet pedophilia, traumas and needs, a perspective of treatment


Paraphilias include sexual arousal to uncommon objects, situations, and/or target groups (i.e. children, animals, corpses). Certain sexual activities that might look odd to another person or a health worker are not paraphiliac disorder just because they are odd. Individuals can have paraphiliac interests without meeting the criteria for paraphiliac disorder. Dozens of paraphilias have been described, and some of them are only marginally represented. There can be more than one paraphiliac disorder in unhealthy persons (antisocial, sadistic, narcissistic, etc) which increases the difficulty of treatment procedures. Certain paraphilias, such as pedophilia, are specific incriminating acts which most often result in jail sentences, stigmatization of perpetrators and their victims, as well as lifetime registration as a sexual offender. Pedophilia, alternatively marked as the pedophiliac disorder is a psychosexual defect most often seen in adults, who are obsessed with sexual fantasies or efforts to enter sexual relations with children of the same or of the opposite sex. It is a very complex disorder, which demands sociological, criminological, and particularly psychopathological approaches that would systematically research symptoms, nature, and factors (hereditary, organic, and social) of pathological states and processes in the mental life of these persons.


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Bjelajac , Željko . (2020). PHENOMENOLOGICAL AND ETIOLOGICAL ATTRIBUTES OF PEDOPHILIA . . . KULTURA POLISA, 17(1), 11–28. Retrieved from


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