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Sara Jahnke

Associate Professor
  • E-mailsara.jahnke@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 86 13
  • Visitor Address
    Alrek helseklynge, Årstadveien 17
    5009 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7807
    5020 Bergen

Research interests:

Pedophilia and pedophilic disorder (in particular etiology, treatment, public attitudes)

Political radicalization among adolescents and young adults

Child sexual abuse and neglect

Online intervention

Reviews and meta-analyses


MABARN328 Barns utvikling -risiko og beskyttelse i individ, familie og samfunn

MABARN435/ MABARN331 Kunnskapsbasert barnevernfagleg praksis på individ- og systemnivå

HEM303 Kvalitative metodar og forskingsplanlegging

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Secret-keeping in therapy by clients who are sexually attracted to children. Psychotherapy Research.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Public Stigmatizing Reactions Toward Nonoffending Pedophilic Individuals Seeking to Relieve Sexual Arousal. Journal of Sex Research.
  • Show author(s) (2023). A Meta-Analysis on the Link Between Young People's Social Environment, Socioeconomic Status, and Political Violence Outcomes. International Journal of Developmental Science. 19-29.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Predictors of Political Violence Outcomes among Young People: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Political Psychology. 111-129.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Pedophile, child lover, or minor-attracted person? Attitudes toward labels among people who are sexually attracted to children. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 4125-4139.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Pedohebephilia and Perceived Non-coercive Childhood Sexual Experiences: Two Non-matched Case-Control Studies. Sexual Abuse.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Neurodevelopmental Differences, Pedohebephilia, and Sexual Offending: Findings from Two Online Surveys. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 849-866.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Media Coverage of Pedophilia and Its Impact on Help-Seeking Persons with Pedophilia in Germany—A Focus Group Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH).
  • Show author(s) (2022). Legal cynicism, but not depression, mediates the link between adverse environmental factors and youth’s political violence support. Psychology, Crime and Law.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). Factors Associated With Disclosure in Treatment Among Pedohebephilic Individuals From the Community.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Complex Associations Between Stigma Experiences and Therapy Motivation Among Pedohebephilic People.
Article in business/trade/industry journal
  • Show author(s) (2020). Observer sensitivity and early radicalization to violence among young people in Germany. Social justice research.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Media Coverage of Pedophilia: Benefits and risks from healthcare practitioners' point of view. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH).

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

On political radicalization among young people:

Jahnke, S., Koch, T., Goede, L. R., Schröder, C. P., Lehmann, L., & Beelmann, A. (2021) Legal cynicism, but not depression, mediates the link between adverse environmental factors and youth's political violence support. Psychology, Crime, and Law. Advance Online Publication.

Jahnke, S., Abad Borger, K., & Beelmann, A. (2021). Predictors of political violence outcomes among young people: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Political Psychology.

Jahnke, S., Schröder, C. P., Goede, L. R., Lehmann, L., Hauff, L., & Beelmann, A. (2020). Observer sensitivity and early radicalization to violence among young people in Germany. Social Justice Research, 33, 308–330.

Beelmann, A., Jahnke, S., & Neudecker, C. (2017). Prävention von Radikalisierungsprozessen: Grundlagen entwicklungsorientierter Maßnahmen [Prevention of radicalization processes: Fundamentals for developmentally oriented interventions]. Neue Kriminalpolitik, 29(4), 440-449.

Beelmann, A., Jahnke, S., & Neudecker, C. (2017). Radikalisierung Jugendlicher und Extremismusprävention [Radicalization of youth and prevention of extremism]. In Beelmann, A. (Ed.), Toleranz und Radikalisierung in Zeiten sozialer Diversität (pp. 90-106). Schwalbach: Wochenschau Verlag.

On Pedophilia:

Lehmann, R. J., Schmidt, A. F., & Jahnke, S. (2020). Stigmatization of paraphilias and psychological conditions linked to sexual offending. The Journal of Sex Research. Advance online publication.

Stelzmann, D., Jahnke, S., & Kuhle, L. F. (2020). Media coverage of pedophilia: Benefits and risks from healthcare practitioners’ point of view. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(16), 5739.

Jahnke, S. & Malón, A. (2019). How pedophilic men think about adult-child sex: Effects of child gender and physical maturity. Psychology, Crime & Law, 25(1).

Jahnke, S., Schmitt, S. Geradt, M. & Hoyer, J. (2019). Big Five personality factors among men with a sexual interest in children. International Journal of Sexual Health. Advance online publication.

Geradt, M., Jahnke, S., Heinz, J., Hoyer, J. (2018). Is contact with children related to legitimizing beliefs toward sex with children among men with pedophilia? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 375-387.

Imhoff, R. & Jahnke, S. (2018). Determinants of punitive attitudes towards people with pedophilia: Dissecting effects of the label and intentionality ascriptions. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 353-361.

Jahnke, S. (2018). Emotions and cognitions associated with the stigma of non-offending pedophilia: A vignette experiment. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 363-373.

Jahnke, S. (2018). The stigma of pedophilia: Clinical and forensic implications. European Psychologist, 23(2), 144 – 153.

Jahnke, S., Malón, A., Schmitt, S. (2018). What if the child appears to enjoy it? Moral attitudes towards adult-child sex among men with and without pedohebephilia. Journal of Sex Research, 55(7), 927-938.

Koops, T., Turner, D., Jahnke, S., Märker, V., & Briken, P. (2016). Stigmatisierung von Menschen mit sexuellem Interesse an Kindern unter Sexualtherapeuten in Russland. Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung [Stigmatization of people with sexual interest in children among sexuologists in Russia]. Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung, 29, 131-146.

Wagner, T., Jahnke, S., Beier, K. M., Hoyer, J., Scherner, G (2016). Pädophile Neigungen offenbaren: Stigma-Management bei Patienten aus dem Berliner Präventionsprojekt Dunkelfeld [Disclosing pedophilic preferences: Stigma management amongst patients from the Berlin Prevention Project Dunkelfeld]. Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung, 29,106-130.

Alanko, K., Häikö, J., Jahnke, S., & Santtila, P. (2015). Lapseen seksuaalista kiinnostusta tunteva asiakas: tuloksia nettikyselystä ammattilaisten valmiuksista [A client who is sexually interested in children: Results of an online survey on health professionals’ capabilities]. Psykologia, 50.

Jahnke, S., Imhoff, R., & Hoyer, J. (2015). Stigmatization of people with pedophilia: Two comparative surveys. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 21-34.

Jahnke, S., Philipp, K., & Hoyer, J. (2015). Stigmatizing attitudes towards people with pedophilia and their malleability among psychotherapists in training. Child Abuse & Neglect, 40, 93-102.

Jahnke, S., Schmidt, A. F., Geradt, M., & Hoyer, J. (2015). Stigma-related stress and its correlates among men with pedophilic sexual interests. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44, 2173-2187.

Jahnke, S. & Hoyer, J. (2013). Stigmatization of people with pedophilia: A blind spot in stigma research. International Journal of Sexual Health, 25(3), 169 – 184.

On other topics:

Lautenbacher, J., Jahnke, S., Speer, D., & Beelmann, A. (2021). Evaluation des webbasierten Trainings "OHA–Online Hass Abbauen"–Teilmodul Straftaten und Gewalt [Evaluation of the web-based training "OHA—Online Hass Abbauen"—submodule offenses and violence]. Forensische Psychiatrie, Psychologie, Kriminologie, 15(2), 134-142.

Schweden, T., Wolfradt, U., Jahnke, S., Hoyer, J. (2018). Depersonalization under academic stress: Frequency, predictors, and consequences. Psychopathology, 51(4). 252–261.

Hoyer, J. & Jahnke, S. (2014). KfS: Kurzfragebogen zu sexuellen Funktionsstörungen [KfS: Short questionnaire about sexual functioning disorders]. In B. Strauß, E. Brähler, & B. Strauß (Hrsg.), Diagnostische Verfahren in der Sexualwissenschaft (pp. 113-116). Göttingen: Hogrefe.


Jahnke, S. (2015). Understanding and challenging stigmatization of people with pedophilia. (doctoral dissertation). Dresden: Technische Universität Dresden.

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