Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 681–689 | Cite as

DSM-5, Paraphilias, and the Paraphilic Disorders: Confusion Reigns

  • Charles MoserEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Six years ago, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) published a new edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; APA, 2013a), which is considered by some to be a definitive reference for the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. The revision process involved the appointment of Workgroups (and SubWorkGroups) for each section (see APA, 2013b). The Paraphilias SubWorkGroup (PSWG) reviewed the latest research and considered changes to the diagnostic criteria and text of the newly renamed Paraphilic Disorders section. The members of the PSWG published their initial reviews and recommendations in the Archives of Sexual Behavior and solicited comments on their proposals from both the public and professionals. Those comments were published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, other professional publications, or were communicated directly to the PSWG. Presumably, the feedback to the PSWG (both published and unpublished) was considered, and a final PSWG...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Diverse Sexualities Research and Education InstituteSan FranciscoUSA

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