Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 675–678 | Cite as

A Dissenting Opinion on DSM-5 Pedophilic Disorder

  • Ray Blanchard
Letter to the Editor

On December 1, 2012, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) announced that its Board of Trustees (BOT) had voted to reject the changes to the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder proposed by the Paraphilias Subworkgroup for DSM-5 and to retain the diagnostic criteria published in DSM-IV-TR.1I was the Chair of the Paraphilias Subworkgroup (one of three Subworkgroups of the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Workgroup). I am writing this Letter to document my continued personal opposition to this decision, to review the content of the Subworkgroup’s proposed changes and explain the reasons for them, and to speculate on the possible interpretations and implications of the BOT’s decision. By necessity, this Letter will not include an “insider’s view” of specific people, events, or APA politics connected with that decision. All members of DSM-5 Work Groups were required to sign an agreement with the APA that prohibits them from divulging any “confidential information,” which...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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