I an sincerely grateful to the research participants for their trust
and interest in taking part in this study. I would particularly like to
thank my supervisor, Dr. Kurt Seikowski (President of the Society for
Sex Research, Leipzig), who made it possible to carry out this research
project in the course of my work toward a degree.
The working title of this pilot study read:
"Phenomenology and context of Self-Concept Characteristics,
Feelings of Being Under Stress, and Sense of Well-Being of Pedophilic
Men in General and Differential Perspective."
The work was coordinated by the Clinical and Health Psychology
faculty of Leipzig, by whom it was unanimously evaluated as
A warm thanks to friends and family for their emotional as well as
The author would like to extend very sincere thanks to all of those
who had a part in bringing this work to fruition, particularly those who
distributed the questionnaires.
Leipzig, June 2005
"If sexuality were nothing more than the capacity to
procreate, its meaning would be clear and would not require looking
into. But the fact is that hardly anyone of our cultural background
would allow their sexuality to be restricted in such a way. On the
contrary, for us human beings, sexuality would appear to have an
importance similar to that of speech or walking upright: When we
describe ourselves as creatures who walk upright, or as speaking
beings, we are declaring the essence of who we are.
"Thus our sexuality also is not simply one faculty alongside
many others, but rather a defining characteristic of our being. We
literally owe our very existence to sexuality, and there is scarcely
any sphere of life in which the sexual does not play a role. We humans
are sexual beings."
Kentler, 1988 (pg. 9)