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- In general use, pedophilia is an adult's sexual act against or sexual attraction to a minor.
- Pedophilia causes problems in children who are victims of it.
- Pedophilia sometimes is the pedophile's only sexual attraction, but sometimes exists alongside normal attraction to other adults.
- Although in general use pedophilia means any adult sexual attraction to or sexual act against any minor, in psychiatry it means more specifically an adult with a mental disorder characterized by his being sexually attracted mostly or only to prepubescent children.