The DSM diagnostic criteria for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder

Graham, Cynthia A. (2010) The DSM diagnostic criteria for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, (2), 240-255. (doi:10.1007/s10508-009-9535-1). (PMID:19777335).


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This article reviews and critiques the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD). An overview of how the diagnostic criteria for FSAD have evolved over previous editions of the DSM is presented and research on prevalence and etiology of FSAD is briefly reviewed. Problems with the essential feature of the DSM-IV-TR diagnosis — “an inability to attain, or to maintain…an adequate lubrication-swelling response of sexual excitement” — are identified. The significant overlap between “arousal” and “desire” disorders is highlighted. Finally, specific recommendations for revision of the criteria for DSM-V are made, including use of a polythetic approach to the diagnosis and the addition of duration and severity criteria.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1007/s10508-009-9535-1
ISSNs: 0004-0002 (print)
1573-2800 (electronic)
Keywords: sexual arousal disorder, dsm-v, sexual problems, women
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology > Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 198435
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
April 2010Published
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2011 15:37
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:44

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