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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw

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Paraphilias as a diagnostic category (a review of foreign studies)

Demidova L.Y.
PhD in Psychology, Research Fellow, Laboratory of Forensic Sexology, V. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology, Moscow, Russia
e-mail: lyubov.demidova@gmail.com

Abstract
Difficulties related to distinction of sexual norm and pathology affect the possibility of a precise and competent definition of the paraphilia category. The modern notion of paraphilia still bears a moral evaluation, implicating an existence of a proper, true love/friendship. However, attempts to define the term “paraphilia” so that it emphasises the medical aspects of the deviant sexual attraction, are till now unfortunate. The contribution presents a review of discussions carried out by modern foreign authors on the problem of a more precise definition of the paraphilia category; it shows the difficulties arising in the process of solving the stated problem. It examines the social perception of sexual violence, disputes on distinction between pedophilia and ephebophilia, possibility of zoosexual orientation, connection between paraphilias and other disorders, and disputes on definion of the paraphilia category for new revisions of classifications of diseases.

Keywords: paraphilias, sexual pathology, sexual violence, international classification of diseases.

Column: Forensic and Clinical Psychology in Legal Context

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