Paraphilic Disorders

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

Paraphilic disorders are recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviors that are distressing or disabling and that involve inanimate objects, children or nonconsenting adults, or suffering or humiliation of oneself or the partner with the potential to cause harm.


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Wiki Number: 35-Paraphila (Sex-Related) Disorder
Diagnosis: (previously known as sexual perversion and sexual deviation)
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Symptoms: “Paraphilia” has 549 variations of unusual sexual interests. They are permanent.
Progression: Wikipedia presents an extensive history of “normalizing” these urges and acts.
Therapies: Currently, they are designed to reduce the patient’s anxieties but eliminate criminal actions.

Resources for Physicians, Counselors and Researchers


The world-wide medical research
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PubMed article’s summary-abstract.

  • Profiles in Criminal Psychopathology: A Multiple Case Report Study of the p Factor
    by Alan J Drury on June 24, 2022

    (1) Background: The one general psychopathology (p Factor) theory asserts that a superordinate dimensional construct encompasses underlying forms of psychopathology, but the theory has limited empirical linkages to criminology. (2) Methods: We utilized case reports from 12 male offenders selected from a federal jurisdiction in the central United States who were in the 99th percentile on a composite indicator of psychopathology to advance a qualitative study of the p Factor. (3) Results: Clients...

  • Factors Affecting Length of Inpatient Forensic Stay: Retrospective Study From Czechia
    by Marek Páv on May 23, 2022

    CONCLUSION: In the European context, our hospital has a relatively low LoS. The results are consistent with findings linking psychotic disorders and paraphilia with a longer LoS in forensic treatment. Higher doses of antipsychotic medication or clozapine prescriptions were associated with a longer LoS. The results show a high level of unmet needs in this population, highlighting the importance of the availability of follow-up service.

  • The Disinhibiting Effects of Anonymity Increase Online Trolling
    by Lewis Nitschinsk on May 20, 2022

    Research assessing online trolling-a behavior designed to trigger or antagonize other users for entertainment-has largely focused on identifying individual differences that underlie the behavior. Less attention has been given to how situational factors influence trolling, such as the disinhibiting effects of anonymity. In this study, we evaluated the roles of both individual differences and levels of anonymity in online trolling. We assessed these through experimentation, a relatively novel...

  • Clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse of minors - case study
    by Anna Więcek-Durańska on May 15, 2022

    CONCLUSIONS: Attention should be drawn to the fact that in many of the cases the clergy perpetrated child sexual abuse consisted in direct physical violence, as well as regular sexual intercourse. Also, not all perpetrators were required to undergo appropriate diagnostic tests in order to verify whether they have a disorder of sexual preference in the form of pedophilia. In the studied group of cases, in every third case the perpetrator, after disclosure of the acts, was transferred to another...