Many research studies have tried to find characteristics within pedophiles; however many problems surface when researchers try to define them on the basis of personality. It is often unreliable because the personality behaviors are assumed rather than proven, inconsistent findings, and psychological factors that do arise may be a result of societal factors, rather than pedophilia (MH AM, 2003).
Although personalities could not be found as a significant characteristic in pedophilia, other characteristics were shown to be consistent with most pedophiles. Most pedophiles are usually males over 30 years of age. Notice that the key word is most not all pedophiles there is a small population that is female. These men seduce their victims by giving them gifts and filling them with affection and attention.
Generally, they know how vulnerable their victims are by simply planning and experience. In performing daily activities most if not all will focus around children, if adults are present they are used as a luring method to get close to their child. Pedophiles tend to have a specific age or gender they target. Being that they are very specific their surroundings will usually reflect the age group in which they target.
What is meant by surroundings is their home decorations and the like. Social activities do not involve any adults and most have no adult acquaintances. Usually when adults are involved in their life they are pedophiles themselves. Also, pedophiles may hold a sexually abusive background where they were the victims as a child.
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Some hold criminal records were sexual abuse is the main offense or in other cases petty crime such as forgery, impersonation, and the like may be the core offense. The idea that children are innocent, pure, and clean is the ideology most fit to believe. Sexual fantasies usually child photographs and child pornography.