A Comparison of Five-Factor Personality Dimensions in Males With Sexual Dysfunction and Males With Paraphilia

Peter J. Fagan, Thomas N. Wise, Chester W. Schmidt, Yula Ponticas, Randall D. Marshall, Paul T. Costa

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Abstract

We compared personality profiles of men with sexual dysfunction (n = 51) to those of age-matched men with a primary diagnosis of paraphilia (n = 51) employing the NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI), a measure of the five-factor model. Preliminary analyses in a large sample of patients in a sexual behaviors consultation unit supported the reliability and factorial validity of the NEO-PI for this population. Analysis of variance showed significant differences between the dysfunctional and the paraphilic groups on two of the five NEO-PI domains, Neuroticism (N) and Agreeableness (A). The group personality profile of the sexually dysfunctional men was comparable to the normative sample of the NEO-PI, except for a slight elevation in N. By contrast, men with paraphilia had a personality profile marked by high N, low A, and low Conscientiousness (C). Treatment implications of the average personality profile of the sexual dysfunction group and the distinctive personality profile of paraphilic men are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-448
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume57
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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