Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 405–410 | Cite as

Coercive Paraphilic Disorder

  • Vernon L. QuinseyEmail author
Original Paper


Sexual coercion is a manifestation of sexual conflict that is not in itself pathological according to Wakefield’s (1992) criteria because sexual coercion can increase a man’s Darwinian fitness. There are, however, differences among men in their propensity to commit rape and this propensity is linked to antisocial personality characteristics and relatively more sexual interest in brutal rape depictions. If highly rape-prone men were to be considered pathological, it would be possible to develop diagnostic criteria to identify them.


Rape Paraphilias Sexual coercion DSM-V 



Thanks are due to Rick Beninger, Joe Camilleri, Grant Harris, Martin Lalumière, and Marnie Rice for their comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. The author is an Advisor to the DSM-V Paraphilias subworkgroup of the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Workgroup (Chair, Kenneth J. Zucker, Ph.D.). Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V Workgroup Reports (Copyright 2009), American Psychiatric Association.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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