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Would an arrest qualify as causing “marked distress” under criterion B for pedophilia? (From the USA)

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  The information in your question isn’t sufficient to give an accurate answer. There is a distinction between pedophilia and pedophilic. Typically a DSM-5 diagnosis for pedophilic disorder meets 3 criteria:

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 years or younger).
B. The individual has acted on these sexual urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulty.
C. The individual is at least age 16 years and at least 5 years older than the child or children in Criterion A.

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Reference: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and
statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.)

Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Diagnostic Criteria

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Diagnostic Criteria. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2019, from
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