Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 317–324

The DSM Diagnostic Criteria for Exhibitionism, Voyeurism, and Frotteurism

Original Paper


I reviewed the empirical literature for 1980–2008 on exhibitionism, voyeurism, and frotteurism for the American Psychiatric Association’s Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group in preparation for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). Very limited empirical support was found for major changes of the current DSM-IV-TR criteria sets for these paraphilias. Some of the criticism of current criteria and the balancing of false negatives and false positive diagnoses are examined. The report concludes with suggestions for possible diagnostic criteria changes for the DSM-V.


DSM-V Paraphilias Exhibitionism Voyeurism Frotteurism 

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© American Psychiatric Association 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Violence Prevention, Karolinska InstitutetStockholmSweden

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