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Title: Leg Length Versus Torso Length in Pedophilia: Further Evidence of Atypical Physical Development Early in Life
Contributor(s): Fazio, Rachel L (author); Dyshniku, Fiona (author); Lykins, Amy  (author)orcid ; Cantor, James M (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1177/1079063215609936
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Abstract: Adult men's height results from an interaction among positive and negative influences, including genetic predisposition, conditions 'in utero', and influences during early development such as nutritional quality, pathogen exposure, and socioeconomic status. Decreased height, reflected specifically as a decreased leg length, is strongly associated with increased risk of poorer health outcomes. Although prior research has repeatedly shown that pedophiles are shorter than nonpedophiles, the largest study to date relied on self-reported height. In the present study, pedophiles demonstrated reduced measured height and reduced leg length as compared with teleiophiles. Given the prenatal and early childhood origins of height, these findings contribute additional evidence to a biological, developmental origin of pedophilia. In addition, the magnitude of this height difference was substantially larger than that found in children exposed to a variety of early environmental stressors, but similar to that seen in other biologically based neurodevelopmental disorders.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 29(5), p. 500-514
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1573-286X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
170104 Forensic Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200201 Determinants of health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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