MHAMic (Male Homosexual Attraction to Minors Information Center) is a site created by Richard Kramer, Ph.D. and David White, B.Ed., M.A. to dispel myths about pederasts and pedophiles, and to demonstrate how so much of the research done on the subject is badly flawed.
[NOTE: The site is not currently being updated, and may lack commentary on recent research.]
Description of MHAMic, from the site:
What is male homosexual attraction to minors (MHAM)? How many men exhibit this attraction? What are these men like? What causes these feelings? What kinds of therapy are available?
Our goal is to make hard-to-find, reliable, scientific information widely available.
MHAMic’s mission is to find and make available reliable, credible, scientific information on the topic of male sexual attraction to underage boys.
Leading mental health and sexuality organizations do not provide such information to the public. In light of current public concern over men who interact sexually with minors, this lack of accessible information on the topic is striking. There is no information about pedophilia, hebephilia, or ephebophilia at the websites of the American Psychological Association, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS), or the Kinsey Institute.
According to its website, SIECUS “provides information on all aspects of human sexuality” and helps “people of every age and background with a desperate need for clear and objective answers to their questions about sexual issues.” However, a request to SIECUS for information about attraction to minors resulted in the following response: “Thank you for contacting SIECUS. Unfortunately, we do not have any information in our library collection that addresses the issue. Did you try The Kinsey Institute?”
A similar request to the Kinsey Institute resulted in the following response: “It is true that information on this subject is very hard to find…I am sorry that we are not able to give you more information. This is indeed an understudied phenomenon, but at the present time, it is not our field of study here at the Kinsey Institute.”
A request to the American Psychological Association also failed to turn up any information, but the organization recommended we contact the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto. A forensic psychologist at the Clarke Institute produced a short list of references. The items consisted of journal articles and out-of-print books that were inaccessible to most people.
However, a search at a large university library turned up most of the materials, and led us to other useful information. Continued research and a desire to make this information accessible eventually led us to create this website.
Richard Kramer, Ph.D. David White, B.Ed., M.A.
Subjects covered on the site
NOTE: Clicking on a link in this section (or the following section) will take you to the article on the MHAMic site.
- Problems with research
- Terminology used when discussing the issue
- Characteristics of minor-attracted adults
- Prevalence of adult sexual attraction to minors
- Causes of adult sexual attraction to minors
- Behavior of adults sexually attracted to minors
- Effects and characteristics of research on the issues
- Treatment of minor-attracted adults
- Issues pertaining to youth
- Policy implications
- Ethical issues
The following are links to the reviews provided on the site for each article cited.
Adams, J.K., “Court-Mandated Treatment and Required Admission of Guilt in Cases of Alleged Sexual Abuse: Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues,” * Issues In Child Abuse Accusations, vol. 9, no. 3/4, 1997.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, [THIS LINK WILL NOT FUNCTION] “Practice Parameters for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents Who Are Sexually Abusive of Others,” * Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 38, no. 12 Suppl, 1999, pp. 55S-76S.
Beitchman, J., Zucker, K., Hood, J., DaCosta, G., & Akman, D., “A Review of the Short-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse,” Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 15, 1991, pp. 537-556.
Beitchman, J., Zucker, K., Hood, J., DaCosta, G., Akman, D., & Cassavia, E., “A Review of the Long-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse,” Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 16, 1992, pp. 101-118.
Bernard, F., “Pedophilia: Psychological consequences for the child,” in Constantine, L.L. & Martinson, F.M. (eds.), Children and sex: New findings, new perspectives, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1981, pp. 189-199.
Bradford, J.M.W., Bloomberg, B.A., & Bourget, D., “The heterogeneity/homogeneity of pedophilia,” Psychiatric Journal of the University of Ottowa, v. 13, no. 4, pp. 217-226, 1988.
Bullough, E.V.L. & Bullough, B., “Problems of research into adult/child sexual interaction,” * Issues In Child Abuse Accusations, vol. 8, no. 2, 1996.
Center for Sex Offender Management, “Understanding Juvenile Sexual Offending Behavior: Emerging Research, Treatment Approaches and Management Practices,” * December 1999.
Constantine, L.L., “The effects of early sexual experiences: A review and synthesis of research”, in Constantine, L.L. & Martinson, F.M. (eds.), Children and sex: New findings, new perspectives, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1981, pp. 217-244.
Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association, “Aversion therapy,” Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 258, no. 18 (November 13), 1987, pp. 2562-2565.
Fergusson, D.M. & Mullen, P.E., “Childhood sexual abuse: An evidence based perspective,” Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 1999.
Garland, R.J. & Dougher, M.J., “The abused/abuser hypothesis of child sexual abuse: A critical review of theory and research,” in Feierman, J. (ed.), Pedophilia: Biosocial Dimensions, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1990, pp. 488-509.
Hall, G.C.N., Hirschman, R., & Oliver, L.L., “Sexual Arousal and Arousability to Pedophilic Stimuli in a Community Sample of Normal Men,” Behavior Therapy, Vol. 26, 1995, pp. 681-694.
Haugaard, J.J. & Emery, R.E., “Methodological issues in child sexual abuse research,” Child Abuse & Neglect, vol. 13, 1989, pp. 89-100.
Howells, K., “Adult sexual interest in children: Considerations relevant to theories of aetiology,” in Cook, M. & Howells, K. (eds.), Adult sexual interest in children, London: Academic Press, 1981, pp. 55-94.
Ingram, M., “Participating victims: A study of sexual offenses with boys,” in Constantine, L.L. & Martinson, F.M. (eds.), Children and sex: New findings, new perspectives, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1981, pp. 177-187.
Matson, J.L. & DiLorenzo, T.M., Punishment and its alternatives , New York: Springer, 1984.
Meston, C.M., Heiman, J.R., & Trapnell, P.D., “The relation between early abuse and adult sexuality,” Journal of Sex Research, vol. 36, no. 4, 1999, pp. 385-395.
Ney, P., Fung, T., & Wickett, A.R., “The worst combinations of child abuse and neglect,” Child Abuse and Neglect, v. 18, no. 9, 1994, pp. 705-714.
Okami, P., “Sociopolitical Biases in the Contemporary Scientific Literature on Adult Human Sexual Behavior with Children and Adolescents,” in Feierman, J. (ed.), Pedophilia: Biosocial Dimensions, New York: Springer-Verlag, 1990, pp. 91-121.
Rind, B., Tromovitch, P., & Bauserman, R., “A meta-analytic examination of assumed properties of child sexual abuse using college samples,” Psychological Bulletin, vol. 124, no. 1, 1998, pp. 22-53.
Savin-Williams, R., And Then I Became Gay: Young Men's Stories , New York: Routledge, 1998.
U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, “Child Maltreatment 1999,” * Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2001.
*offsite articles [not on MHAMic site]
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