The DSM Diagnostic Criteria for Fetishism

  title={The DSM Diagnostic Criteria for Fetishism},
  author={Martin P. Kafka},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
  • M. Kafka
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Psychology
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior
The historical definitions of sexual Fetishism are reviewed. Prior to the advent of DSM-III-R (American Psychiatric Association, 1987), Fetishism was typically operationally described as persistent preferential sexual arousal in association with non-living objects, an over-inclusive focus on (typically non-sexual) body parts (e.g., feet, hands) and body secretions. In the DSM-III-R, Partialism, an “exclusive focus on part of the body,” was cleaved from Fetishism and added to the Paraphilia Not… 

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