Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 237–243 | Cite as

Sex on the Silver Screen: Using Film to Teach About Paraphilias

  • Renee Sorrentino
  • Susan Hatters Friedman
  • Ryan Wagoner
  • Brad D. Booth
Column: Media

Film has been successfully used to teach about a variety of psychiatric disorders. The ever-popular Star Wars has recently been described in psychiatric teaching about disorders ranging from pathological gambling to pseudo-dementia to obsessive-compulsive personality disorder to malingering [1, 2, 3]. Forensic psychiatric topics abound in films [4, 5]. For example, teaching about female psychopathy has recently been described, using television clips [6].

Similarly, teaching about another difficult and less frequently discussed topic, the paraphilias, may best be done utilizing film. Using cinematography to teach specifically about paraphilias allows both a visual representation of the behaviors and a reflection of societal views on this highly charged topic. Even the aforementioned Star Warshas been used for teaching about pedophilia. Qui-Gon Jinn, a Jedi hero of the series, has also been described as being useful for demonstrating traits similar to the “tend and befriend” grooming...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Renee Sorrentino
    • 1
  • Susan Hatters Friedman
    • 2
  • Ryan Wagoner
    • 3
  • Brad D. Booth
    • 4
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  4. 4.University of OttawaOttawaCanada

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