Paraphilias Research

(Also Known As: Paraphilia Research, Paraphilic Research, Sexual Abuse Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Paraphilias Related Research


Since most of paraphilia studies were conducted mostly in men, being that they have a higher risk of paraphilia occurrence, a study was done to research the cause of paraphilias in women by J. Paul Ferdoff et al of Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. The study was conducted among paraphiliac women who sought treatment for their disorder, and the data of their cases were drawn from the clinical records of a forensic psychiatrist. The study revealed that there are three most common paraphiliac disorders seen in females, namely pedophilia being the most common (36%) followed by sexual sadism and exhibitionism both with 29% incidence. There also recognized co-morbid psychiatric disorders diagnosed from female paraphilias which include major depression with the highest incidence of 36%, generalized anxiety disorder of 14% followed by post traumatic stress disorder and erotomania with 7% incidence each. The study further revealed that there was no significant difference between both sexes in terms of the sexual orientation, age, employment status, number of victims, history of substance abuse and non-sexual criminal behavior, history of personal sexual abuse and frequency of incestuous assault. 8


Research data was gathered on the mammalian sexual behavior and the monoamine neurotransmitters that suggest sexual behavior is promoted or uninhibited with decreased serotonin in the brain and increased dopamine neurotransmission. Conversely an enhance serotonin activity that inhibits dopamine receptors in the brain can also inhibit the sexual behavior in mammals. This research data helps in the etiological framework to approach the sexual impulsivity in groups of sexual impulsivity disorders which may be sharing common pathophysiology with diminished serotonin neurotransmission which can be ameliorated by serotonergic antidepressants. SRIs remain to be the primary biological treatment for sex offenders and to individuals with paraphilia-related disorders. The drug has the clinical advantage of being readily prescribed by physicians and are generally accepted by paraphiliac patients. The study found that antiandrogens remain to be the treatment of choice for sexually dangerous parpahiliacs in helping them control their uncontrollable sexual impulsivity. 9

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Related Conditions

Anxiety Disorder NOS – Pathological Fears, Chronic Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Fatigue, Exhaustion
Gender Dysphoria (Gender Identity Disorder) – Gender Dysphoria, Transgender, Transvestism, Transsexuality
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Anxiety, Intrusive Thoughts, Depression, Obsession, Compulsive Behavior, Anxiety
Personality Disorder NOS – Changes in Personality and Behavior, Pervasive Behavioral Deviation, Inflexible Personality
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Anxiety, Traumatic Events, Stress, Depression, Psychological Trauma
Schizophrenia – Abnormal Perception of Reality, Hallucinations, Paranoid, Delusion, Disorganized Thinking and Speech
Sexual Addiction – Unmanageable Sexual Behavior, Hypersexuality, Sexual Dependency, Sexual Compulsivity