Fetishism-Etiology and treatment: A review from multiple perspectives

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Fetishism, defined as the obligate need for inanimate or part objects for sexual arousal, may be viewed from multiple perspectives. Sociocultural, biological, psychodynamic, and behavioral issues may all contribute to its etiology. Although psychoanalytic investigations offer much data to explain fetishism, behavioral treatments have been primarily reported as a treatment approach. Problems remain, however, in understanding the natural clinical course, etiology, and best treatment for this paraphilia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-257
Number of pages9
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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