Friday, August 22, 2014

Temporary free access to an article of mine

Recently, the academic publisher Taylor & Francis has made a number of articles about DSM-5 temporarily freely available online without subscription.  The announcement reads as follows:

To celebrate the highly anticipated release of the 5th Edition of the Diagnotic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), Routledge Journals proudly offers FREE ACCESS to a collection of over 40 mental health and counseling articles. Simply click on the article titles below to view and download these articles until 31st January 2015.

Among the papers included is one that I wrote: Defining paraphilia in DSM-5: Do not disregard grammar about a definition of "paraphilia" proposed for DSM-5. As it turned out, that definition ended up being included in DSM-5.


Ace in Lace said...

That was an interesting read. I found the age cut-off of 45 for healthy sexual interest to be really odd; especially despite his apparent belief that 45+ people are some kind of physically decayed wrecks. Most people in their late 40s don't look all that different from their late 30s, especially with all the beauty treatments available these days.

(I understand that interest exclusively in 45+ aged people could be labelled fetishistic, but his wording seems to make it seem abnormal to be sexually interested in anyone of that age group at all, just as you pointed out it potentially does to a person interested in a single, specific individual with an ampuated limb.)

His wording seems really poor, given how important it is to carefully word things and how widely-read the definition will be.

ACH said...

My best guess is that the 45 cut-off involves fertility and menopause. Within the literature, it's often said that [with a few exceptions here and there] paraphilias exist almost exclusively among males. However, most of the "paraphilias" don't get much research at all, and I don't think they've actually looked all that hard for paraphilias among females. And if you don't look very hard for something, and then don't find it, that doesn't really tell you very much...