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Chapter 15 Learning Objectives

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1. Review the different types of fetishisms and discuss their possible causal mechanisms.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Variety Is the Spice of Life, pp. 483–492


2. Discuss the phenomenon of cross-dressing, including the types of people who cross-dress, from those who do it for basic practical need to those who practice the most extreme forms.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Variety Is the Spice of Life, pp. 483–492


3. Review the phenomenon of sadomasochism, including the types of people who engage in the practice, their motivations, issues related to consent, and the risks associated with this type of sexual behavior.


Textbook Reference: Sexual Variety Is the Spice of Life, pp. 483–492


4. Survey the spectrum of the paraphilias, including some consideration of causation, prevalence, victims,, and factors related to their detection. Specifically, discuss exhibitionism, voyeurism, frotteurism, zoophilia, and necrophilia.


Textbook Reference: Paraphilia Is the Psychiatric Term for Problematic Sexual Desire or Behavior, pp. 492–496; A Variety of Other Paraphilia Exist, pp. 501–505


5. Review the manifestations of adult sexual fixation on children (both pedophilia and child molestation) and review its prevalence, primary symptoms, and interaction with sexual orientation.


Textbook Reference: Some Adults Are Sexually Aroused by Children, pp. 496–501


6. Discuss the recommendation to add the new category of pedohebephilia to the upcoming DSM-5, outlining the paraphilia, the controversy surrounding its inclusion, and how it is different from pedophilia.


Textbook Reference: Some Adults Are Sexually Aroused by Children, pp. 496–501


7. Describe the connection between B4U-ACT, NAMBLA, and age-of-consent laws.


Textbook Reference: Some Adults Are Sexually Aroused by Children, pp. 496–501


8. Provide a psychological profile of a convicted sex offender; include the recidivism rates among the different types of offenders.


Textbook Reference: Sex Offenders Do Not Necessarily Repeat Their Offenses, p. 505


9. Describe the major theories that have been proposed to account for the development of paraphilias, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each hypothesis.


Textbook Reference: There Are Numerous Theories of Paraphilia, pp. 505–509


10. Compare and contrast the various treatments for paraphilias that have been advanced and comment on the efficacy of each.


Textbook Reference: Theories of Causation Have Suggested a Variety of Treatments, pp. 509–512


11. Discuss the controversy surrounding the use of castration as a means to reduce recidivism rates among repeat male sex offenders.


Textbook Reference: Theories of Causation Have Suggested a Variety of Treatments, pp. 509–512


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