Problems with the DSM-IV Diagnosis of Pedophilia

  title={Problems with the DSM-IV Diagnosis of Pedophilia},
  author={W. O'donohue and L. Regev and A. Hagstrom},
  journal={Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment},
This paper examines the taxonomic adequacy of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th ed., DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994) diagnostic category of pedophilia. This diagnosis, as well as the other sexual disorders, have been ignored in DSM field trials. There is no empirical information about the reliability or validity of this diagnosis. Moreover, because the vagueness of the diagnostic criteria, clinicians would need to make inferences that would likely lead to reliability… Expand
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