Saturday, August 21, 2010

Defining Paraphilia: Excluding Exclusion

I am pleased to announce the publication of my paper Defining Paraphilia: Excluding Exclusion, published in the Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology. This is the first of my peer reviewed articles on DSM-5. Also, because it is an open access journal, you don't need to have a library with a subscription.

Abstract: The development of the classification of the paraphilias is considered, with emphasis on justifications for their inclusion in DSM-III in light of the declassification of homosexuality. These justifications are found to be tenuous and do not work for the paraphilias in DSM-III-R because of changes made. Rationale for these changes is discussed based on inquires made to DSM-III-R paraphilias committee members. Changes in DSM-IV and DSM-IV-TR are also discussed. After considering and critiquing more recent arguments for including the paraphilias in the DSM, recommendations are made regarding proposals for DSM-5, whether the paraphilias belong in the DSM, and whether they should be used in SVP commitment.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My first publication about the paraphilias

As long time readers know, in addition to talking about asexuality, in the past 9 months or so, I've also started blogging about DSM-5 and the "paraphilias." What I haven't told you is that my blogging activities are only a small part of the work I'm doing regarding these. I've also been doing some writing for academic journals because I think that's where the main arguments need to be made. The first of my publications to come out has now been published online.

Disregarding Science, Clinical Utility, and the DSM’s Definition of Mental Disorder: The Case of Exhibitionism, Voyeurism, and Frotteurism, a letter to the editor in Archives of Sexual Behavior, where the DSM-5 Paraphilias Subworkgroup's literature reviews were published and where the editor issued a call for commentary of these. So I commented.

But rest assured, the best is yet to come.

(p.s. For anyone wanting a copy who doesn't have free access to the journal, you can email the author requesting one.)