Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More encouraging news about the DSM-5 paraphilias debacle

Earlier this week, forensic psychologist Karen Franklin blogged about a debate and then a (non-binding) vote at the recent annual meeting for the American Association of Psychiatry and Law. Now she has informed readers of another (non-binding) vote that occurred earlier (I assume that she was informed of this in repose to her post):
At last month's meeting of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO) in Oslo, Norway, the vote was approximately 100 to 1 against the controversial diagnosis of "pedohebephilia," according to two reliable sources. The lone dissenting voice was a member of the DSM-5 committee.

Well, so much for trying to achieve professional consensus.

Franklin is spot-on in her assessment of the situation:
I hope the DSM revisers are listening. If not, they are going to end up the laughingstock of the world.

It will be interesting to see how the Paraphilias subworkgrouop responds. So far, they seem to have taken the strategy of having James Cantor post articles on his website, having Alice Dreger writing blogs, and getting an SVP prosecutor drool over a new diagnosis that would make it easier to deprive people of constitutional rights. Evidently, this hasn't been working very well.

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