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Brown, W. (1927). Sexuality: Ernest E. Hadley. Comments on Pedophilia. Medical Journal and Record, August 4, 1926, pp. 157–162.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 8:533-534.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Sexuality: Ernest E. Hadley. Comments on Pedophilia. Medical Journal and Record, August 4, 1926, pp. 157–162.

(1927). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 8:533-534

Sexuality: Ernest E. Hadley. Comments on Pedophilia. Medical Journal and Record, August 4, 1926, pp. 157–162.

Warburton Brown

Pedophilia is defined as an abnormal fondness for children.

The following material is taken from the analytic investigation of a male student aged twenty-five years.

He suffered from partial impotence and ejaculatio præcox. He was nursed at his mother's breast until he retained conscious recollection of the weaning process. The withdrawal of gratification in this way led to out-bursts of wild rage and hate.

Unable any longer to derive satisfaction for his erotic needs from his mother, he turned his attention to a little girl neighbour of his own age, with whom he performed cunnilingus, while the girl practised fellatio on him, and for many months they satisfied their mutual cravings. This incident was repeated a number of times with different little girls with whom he fell in love, with two of whom, at the age of seven and twelve respectively, he attempted coitus.

In the first of these attempts he met with failure, and owing to his violence the relationship was broken off. This frustration led to a permanent feeling of aversion from this particular child.

The second attempt at coitus was made at twelve years of age and again met with failure. In this case he had his first emission.

His college days were marked by alternating periods of intense intellectual pursuits, when he was thoughtful, seclusive and unpassionate, and periods in which he was gay, sociable, hypomanic and taken with the charms of some particular girl. At the moment of contact with prostitutes he suffered from ejaculatio præcox or from complete impotence. With girls of his own social standing he suffered an orgasm in the fore-pleasure stage, or if he won them became quite impotent. He entertained thoughts at one time of suicide and at another of wholesale destruction of the social system.

After his university career he went to live with a married sister and became tormented with the desire to see his little nieces' genitalia, and devised methods of play with them in which he found opportunity for kissing these parts.

His impotence now vanished, and he began to have phantasies of

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violently raping little girls and then disposing of their bodies. Alarmed at these phantasies he attempted coitus again with prostitutes, but found himself impotent. At this stage he sought treatment. Analysis showed that the over-valuation of pre-adolescent cravings which served as an effective barrier against heterosexual functioning was due to the prolongation of the suckling period. In the renunciation of love for the mother at the instance of weaning the patient merely made an exchange of objects which all through his childhood remained a compulsion to repeat an experience of cherished import.

This desire to repeat an experience to repossess an object, as like the one as possible which charmed him in childhood, is of particular significance to the understanding of pedophilia.

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Article Citation

Brown, W. (1927). Sexuality. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 8:533-534

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