Sexual deviancy: Diagnostic and neurobiological considerations

Fabian M. Saleh, Frederick S Berlin

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Individuals who engage in sexual offenses may be afflicted with a paraphilic disorder or sexual deviation syndrome. Paraphilias are psychiatric disorders characterized by deviant and culturally non-sanctioned sexual fantasies, thoughts, and/or behaviors. A proportion of these individuals may also suffer from symptoms of mental illness that can go unrecognized. Although the etiology and pathophysiology of paraphilic disorders continue to be under investigation, data from empirical, biomedical, and psychophar-macological studies suggest abnormalities at a biological level. This article will discuss and review clinical and neurobiological characteristics of the paraphilias. To this end, we will begin with a general exploration and overview of basic principles that are germane to the subject matter and will conclude with an examination of the most recent relevant research findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIdentifying and Treating Sex Offenders: Current Approaches, Research, and Techniques
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780203824443
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes



  • Co-Morbidity
  • Diagnosis
  • Genetics
  • Hpg-Axis
  • Neurobiology
  • Paraphilia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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Saleh, F. M., & Berlin, F. S. (2013). Sexual deviancy: Diagnostic and neurobiological considerations. In Identifying and Treating Sex Offenders: Current Approaches, Research, and Techniques (pp. 53-76). Taylor and Francis.