HDF 213 Lecture 17: Atypical Sexual Behaviors guided notes

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Human Development & Family
HDF 213

Atypical Sexual Behaviors & Paraphilias  Paraphilic & other atypical behaviors Fetishism- Sexual arousal by inanimate object or body parts  Debate – are these medical problem or just a variation??  Tend to be nocoercive  Internet has allowed connection  To be diagnosed with a paraphilic disorder, DSM-5 requires :  feeling personal distress about their interest, not merely distress resulting from disapproval; or (could be both)  have a sexual desire or behavior that involves another person’s psychological distress, injury, or death, or a desire for sexual behaviors involving unwilling persons or persons unable to give legal consent.  Generalizations about paraphilia’s  Tend to:  be male  have behaviors begin at an early age – usually adolescence  have a need to be in control  lack social skills  be depressed  have low esteem  fear rejection  want to be “safe”  E.g., the obscene phone caller … can reach out & touch a person w/o a possible face-to-face rejection Other Characteristics  Tends to “run” in families,  Begins at an early age &  Often the person’s “oddness” tends to cause others to avoid them, & they become isolated & get worse Some Paraphilic Behaviors (noncoercive atypical)  Sadism- obtains sexual pleasure by inflicting
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