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Arch Sex Behav. 2002 Apr;31(2):211-5.

Clinical characteristics and treatment response to SSRI in a female pedophile.

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Law and Mental Health Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Clarke Site, 250 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1R8.


Although much investigation has been done with male sex offenders, there have been few studies on female sex offenders. Female sex offenders have been reported as having a high incidence of psychiatric disorders, but female paraphilics were rarely described. The literature on the treatment of female sex offenders is also limited and treatment with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) has not been reported. This paper presents the case of a woman with DSM-IV pedophilia. Her clinical characteristics, her offense history, and her positive response to treatment with sertraline (a SSRI) are described. This case adds to the limited literature on female pedophiles and suggests that SSRIs may be an effective treatment for paraphilic disorders in female sex offenders.

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