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The paraphilias 

The paraphilias
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The paraphilias
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J. Paul Fedoroff

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0106
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date: 14 December 2019

The characteristic essential to all paraphilias is the presence of a persistent and/or recurrent, sexually motivated interest that causes harm. This definition has several implications, discussed in this chapter. Also covered are classification of the paraphilias, diagnosis and differential diagnosis, epidemiology, aetiology and the four major explanatory perspectives that have been identified (disease, behavioural, dimensional, and life story), course and prognosis, and finally treatment and management.

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