Keywords: DSM, paraphilia

Defining Paraphilia in DSM-5: Do Not Disregard Grammar

Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy

Hinderliter, Andrew C.; Jan 07 2011
Publication LanguageEng

Blanchard has proposed a definition of paraphilia for DSM-5, delimiting a range of so-called normative sexuality, and defining paraphilia as any intense and persistent sexual interest other than that. The author examines the wording and intended meaning of this definition, and he argues that there are many problems with it that "correct" interpretation requires ignoring what it says. Because of these problems and the possibility of civil commitment under sexually violent predator/person laws on the basis of a diagnosis of paraphilia NOS, caution and careful consideration of grammar are urged in drafting a definition of paraphilia for DSM-5.
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