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Discussion of the usefulness of indirect latency-based assessment of pedohebephilic interest

Alexander F. Schmidt


In this short workshop a brief introduction on indirect latency-based measures of sexual interest and their potential for forensic assessments will be given. It will focus on the multimethod Explicit and Implicit Sexual Interest Profile (EISIP, Banse, Schmidt, & Clarbour, 2010) consisting of self-report, viewing time, and Implicit Association Test measures of pedo-, hebe-, and teleiophilic sexual interest and how these can be used in clinical and forensic contexts. Limitations of these measures will be outlined that are a result of the underlying psychological processes that so far are only partly understood. There will be room to actively discuss the diagnostic potential as well as the limitations of latency-based assessment paradigms.     


Alexander F. Schmidt is a Senior Lecturer at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany where he teaches forensic psychology. He has an approbation as cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist for adults. His research interests include sexual behavior and criminal psychology with a focus on indirect latency-based measures of (paraphilic and atypical) sexual interests and how these are linked to sexual offending. Alexander has published extensively on sexual offending against children and forensic evaluations of sexual offenders as well as other forensic expert assessments. He serves as an expert witness on paraphilic interests in family and criminal court proceedings and has been working with offender and non-offending psychotherapy populations. He serves as an associate editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior and is member on several editorial boards. He has been awarded with the Young Scientist's Best Dissertation Award from the Legal Psychology Division in the German Psychological Society (DGPs) for his PhD thesis on criminal responsibility assessment.