Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 43, Issue 7, pp 1237–1239 | Cite as

Why Can’t Pedophilic Disorder Remit?

  • Peer Briken
  • J. Paul Fedoroff
  • John W. Bradford
Commentary on DSM-5

The DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) was released in May 2013. Although there had been discussions about the pedophilia category during the development of DSM-5 (Blanchard, 2010, 2013; Blanchard et al., 2009; Fedoroff, Di Gioacchino, & Murphy, 2013; First, 2010; Green, 2010; O’Donohue, 2010), in the end, when compared to DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association, 2000), only small changes were made.

One was that “Pedophilia” was changed to “Pedophilia” or “Pedophilic Disorder” to make it consistent with the distinction between Paraphilias and Paraphilic Disorders throughout the chapter on Paraphilias in the DSM-5. The DSM-5 now defines Pedophilic Disorder as follows:

Criterion A: a paraphilia with “recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (generally age 13 years or younger)” and Criterion B: “the individual has acted on these sexual urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies...


Sexual Orientation Sexual Interest Pedophilia Risk Assessment Instrument Paraphilic Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peer Briken
    • 1
  • J. Paul Fedoroff
    • 2
  • John W. Bradford
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Sex Research and Forensic PsychiatryUniversity Medical Centre Hamburg-EppendorfHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Division of Forensic PsychiatryThe Royal Ottawa Hospital and University of OttawaOttawaCanada

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