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First off, it is important to note what the criteria is for diagnosis as a pedophile. According to the the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fourth edition text revision (DSM-IV-TR) gives its diagnostic criteria for pedophilia as:

* A. Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (generally age 13 or younger); * B. The person has acted on these sexual urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked distress of interpersonal difficulty; * C. The person is at least age 16 years and at least 5 years older then the child or children in Criterion A. It is important to note that it is possible to be diagnosed as a pedophile and never have had sex with a child. It is also important to note that it is possible to have sex with a child and not meet the criterion to be diagnosed as a pedophile.

Now, as to the types of pedophiles, you have exclusive vs. non-exclusive and homosexual vs. heterosexual. Therefore the four types of pedophiles would be as follows:

* exclusive, homosexual * exclusive, heterosexual * non-exclusive, homosexual * non-exclusive, heterosexual Exclusive vs. Non-exclusive

This is based on the pedophile's actual sexual attraction. Exclusive pedophiles are only attracted to children, not adults. They have little to no erotic interest in adults their own age. Non-exclusive pedophiles are attracted to both children and adults and can be sexually aroused by both. In a US study of adult male pedophiles, 93% fell into the non-exclusive type and only 7% were in the exclusive type.

Homosexual vs. Heterosexual

Not only do most pedophiles prefer children of a specific age, they also prefer children of a specific sex. Most pedophiles self-identify themselves as homosexual, heterosexual, or bisexual. Not to create confusion, but the use of these terms by pedophiles does not indicate their sexual orientation towards adults. Most pedophiles are heterosexual in adult relationships. The use of homosexual or heterosexual in terms of pedophilia is exclusively in reference to the gender of the preferred children by the pedophile.

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