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Pedophilia, Minor-Attracted Persons, and the DSM: Issues and Controversies

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Baltimore, MD

This page provides a selection of references that may be helpful to people who want to delve deeper into the issues and controversies of minor-attracted persons, pedophilia, and the DSM.

Current Editions

“Pedophilia”, Section 302.2, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, American Psychiatric Association, 2000 (Fourth Edition, Text Revision) (DSM IV-TR)

“Paedophilia”, Section F65.4, International Classification of Diseases, World Health Organization (10th Revision) (ICD-10)

Revision Underway by the APA

DSM-5: The Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis, American Psychiatric Association

Paraphilias Subworkgroup, “U 03 Pedohebephilic Disorder,” American Psychiatric Association, October 14, 2010 (no longer available online)

Zucker, Kenneth J., “Reports from the DSM-V Work Group on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, V 39, #2, 217-220, September 16, 2009

Kafka, Martin P., “Sexual Offender Assessment: DSM-5 proposals modifying diagnostic criteria for paraphilias and related disorders” at Conference of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, October 20, 2010

Blanchard, Ray, “The Fertility of Hebephiles and the Adaptationist Argument against Including Hebephilia in DSM-5,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, V 39, #4, 817-818, February 20, 2010

Blanchard, Ray, “The DSM Diagnostic Criteria for Pedophilia,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, September 16, 2009

Blanchard, Ray, “Reply to Letters Regarding Pedophilia, Hebephilia, and the DSM-V,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, V 38, #3, 331-334, June 2009

Blanchard, Ray, et al., “Pedophilia, Hebephilia, and the DSM-V,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, V 38, #3, 335-350, June 2009

While critics of the proposals abound, there have been fewer peer-reviewed papers supporting the proposed changes that were not written by members of the Paraphilias Subworkgroup themselves or by APA officials. We ask that anyone who knows of such a paper, please advise us so it can be listed here.

Seto, Michael C., “Child Pornography Use and Internet Solicitation in the Diagnosis of Pedophilia,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, V 39, #3, 591-593, February 25, 2010

Wollert, Richard and Cramer, Elliot, “Sampling Extreme Groups Invalidates Research on the Paraphilias: Implications for DSM-5 and Sex Offender Risk Assessments,” Behavioral Sciences and the Law, July 2011

Kinderman, Peter, et al., Response to the American Psychiatric Association: DSM-5 Development, British Psychological Society, June 2011

“Critical Appraisals of the Proposed DSM-5 Paraphilia Diagnoses,” Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, April 2011

Frances, Allen and First, Michael, “Hebephilia Is Not a Mental Disorder in DSM-IV-TR and Should Not Become One in DSM-5,” Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 39:78-85, 2011

Moser, Charles, “Problems with Ascertainment,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, V 39, #6, 1225-1227, July 23, 2010

Green, Richard, “Sexual Preference for 14-Year-Olds as a Mental Disorder: You Can’t Be Serious!!,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, March 4, 2010

Hinderliter, Andrew C., “Defining Paraphilia: Excluding Exclusion,” Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology, V 2, p 241-272, 2010

Kramer, Richard, “APA Guidelines Ignored in Development of Diagnostic Criteria for Pedohebephilia,” Archives of Sexual Behavior, V 40, #2, 233-235, October 30, 2010

DSM-5 Officials Hold Conference Call with B4U-ACT, B4U-ACT news release, June 12, 2010

B4U-ACT Representatives Attend APA Annual Meeting, B4U-ACT news release, May 27, 2010

B4U-ACT Urges DSM-V Paraphilias Subworkgroup to Participate in Meeting, B4U-ACT news release, March 1, 2010

Melsheimer, Michael; Kramer, Richard; and Andriette, William, Letter to DSM committee on the paraphilias, December 5, 2009

“Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness,” Wired, December 27, 2010

“Revision to the bible of psychiatry, DSM, could introduce new mental disorders,” Washington Post, February 10, 2010

“Revising Book on Disorders of the Mind,” New York Times, February 10, 2010

“Revising the book on mental illness,” Los Angeles Times, February 10, 2010

“Psychiatry’s civil war,” New Scientist, December 11, 2009

Background on the series leading up to the DSM-5:
“The Dictionary of Disorder” by Alix Spiegel, New Yorker, January 3, 2005

The following are collections of references relevant to the DSM-5 proposals for the paraphilias.

Cantor, James M.:

Franklin, Karen, Hebephilia controversy

Hinderliter, Andrew C., DSM-5 Paraphilias Bibliography