SAGE Journal Articles

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Article 1: Kafka, P. (2003). Sex offending and sexual appetite: The clinical and theoretical relevance of hypersexual desire. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 47(4), 439–451.

Learning Objective: Understanding behavioral dimensions of sexual motivation and their role in hypersexual desire

Summary: The authors suggest that hypersexual desire might be associated with many sexual disorders, including paraphilia and sexual coercion. Possibilities for treatment are explored.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What are two aspects of sexual behavior in males? How are disorders of these aspects manifested?
  2. What is hypersexual drive, and how is it related to sexual disorders?
  3. How is rape related to hypersexual disorder? What are some practical implications of this finding?


Article 2: Wiederman, M. W. (2003). Paraphilia and fetishism. Family Journal, 11, 315–321.

Learning Objective: Enhancing the knowledge of the historic perspective on definition, diagnostics, and treatment of paraphilia

Summary: The author provides a historical review on atypical sexual behavior, with emphasis on diagnostics, classifications, and treatments.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Explain the change in the definition of atypical sexual behavior over years? What are the practical implications of this change?
  2. What are common features of paraphilia?
  3. Explain therapeutic approaches to paraphilia.

Article 3: Dawson, S. J., Bannerman, B. A., & Lalumière, M. L. (2016). Paraphilic interests: An examination of sex differences in a nonclinical sample. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 28(1), 20–45.

Learning Objective: Understanding characteristics of paraphilic desire in a nonclinical sample

Summary: The authors have conducted research in order to examine arousal to paraphilic acts in nonclinical population. Significant gender differences were registered, as men were less repulsed and more aroused by paraphilic acts; however, this relationship was fully mediated by sex drive.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What differentiates paraphilic interest from paraphilic disorder?
  2. Which previously held beliefs concerning paraphilia did this study confirm?
  3. Since this study reports that arousal by paraphilic acts is strongly related to sex drive intensity, what are the possible implications for understanding the etiology of paraphilias?