Fedoroff, J. Paul; Fishell, Alicja; Fedoroff, Beverley
June 1999
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Summer99, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p127
Academic Journal
The article aims to review the current literature on female paraphilias and to present the clinical features of 14 women who sought treatment for presumed paraphilic sexual disorders. Social and personal history characteristics of the 14 women were compared to those of 118 men similarly assessed for presumed paraphilic sexual disorders. The 12 women classified as having at least one paraphilia were similarly compared with an age-matched subsample of these men with diagnoses of paraphilia. Cases were drawn from the clinical records of a Forensic Psychiatrist who has conducted outpatient clinics for assessment and treatment of paraphilic disorders in three countries. The three most common paraphilic disorders in the female study group were: pedophilia (36%), sexual sadism (29%), and exhibitionism (29%). Co-morbid psychiatric disorders diagnosed among these women included major depression (36%), generalized anxiety disorder (14%), post traumatic stress disorder (7%) and erotomania (7%). There were no significant differences between women and men in terms of age, number of victims, employment status, sexual orientation, education, history of substance abuse, history of non-sexual criminal behavior, history of personal sexual abuse, frequency of incestuous assaults, or referral source.


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