Navigating the Stigma of Pedophilia: The Experiences of Nine Minor Attracted Men in Canada

Freimond, Carin Marie
Place PublishedSimon Fraser University, Canada
Extent99 pp
Navigating the Stigma of Pedophilia


This thesis presents findings and analysis arising from semi-structured qualitative interviews with nine minor-attracted men (i.e. men who are primarily attracted to children and/or adolescents) in Canada.

The central research question is “how do minor-attracted people understand and manage their stigmatized identities?” I situated the participants' experiences within a broader social context by reviewing relevant academic literature, laws, and dominant cultural attitudes. Utilizing a symbolic-interactionist approach, and drawing on Goffman's concept of “stigma,” t

his thesis illustrates the unique challenges facing minor-attracted people.
The study reveals that minor-attracted people become aware of their sexuality at an early age, experience stress caused by real or perceived societal rejection, and encounter both positive and negative reacti

The conclusion underscores the need for a new approach to dealing with
minor-attraction in contemporary Western society. I offer eight recommendations for instituting a strategy which incorporates empathy, education, and anti-discrimination measures.

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Table of Contents

     Thesis Overview

  1. Chapter 1. Toward a Conceptual Framework for Studying Minor-Attraction

Barriers to Achieving Social Acceptance
A New Perspective on Minor-Attraction
Conventional Research on Pedophilia
“Everyday” Minor-Attracted People and the Importance of a Qualitative Approach
The Sociological Heritage of this Thesis

Chapter 2. Context, Methods, and Participants
Research Questions
Instrument of Data Collection
Ethics Approval Process
The Participants
The Research Experience
Data Analysis

Chapter 3. Establishing a Minor-Attracted Identity
The Nature of the Attraction
Boy-lovers, Girl-lovers, and Other Terms
Identifying as Minor-Attracted

Chapter 4. Disclosing a Minor-Attracted Identity
Why Minor-Attracted People Disclose their Identities
Recipients of Disclosure
Reactions to Revealing a Minor-Attracted Identity
Consequences of Disclosure

Chapter 5. Coping with Stigma and Finding a Place in Society
The Role of Minor-Attracted People in Contemporary Western Societies

Spoiled Identity and the Resilience of Minor-Attracted People
Recommendations for Improving the Situation Facing Minor-Attracted People
1. Empathize with Minor-Attracted People
2. Distribute a Help Guide for Minor-Attracted People
3. Create Access to Mental Health Services
4. Provide Specialized Training for Mental Health Professionals
5. Support Opportunities for Minor-Attracted People to Experience Sexual
6. Improve Sexual Health Education in Primary and Secondary Schools
7. Provide Resources to Loved Ones of Minor-Attracted People
8. Protect the Rights of Minor-Attracted People
Suggestions for Future Research