Hall and Hall listed criteria for the diagnosis of pedophilia. The authors are from The Johns Hopkins University and Lake Mary, Florida.

Criteria for a pedophile:

(1) sexual urges and fantasies towards prepubescent children (typically < 13 years of age)

(2) >= 16 years of age

(3) >= 5 years older than juvenile of interest

(4) status persists >= 6 months


The course is usually long-term.


A pedophile may not want a reciprocal relationship but rather one of domination.


Pedophilia needs to be distinguished from an act committed during a period of impaired judgment (intoxication, mania, etc). The distinguishing point is what the person's usual sexual behaviors and fantasies are when judgment is not impaired.

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