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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: April 2010
Keywords: sexual arousal disorder, dsm-v, sexual problems, women
Organisations: Human Wellbeing


Local EPrints ID: 198435
ISSN: 0004-0002
PURE UUID: 9f5e301c-3232-4bb7-afe9-c07a51d49da3
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Date deposited: 03 Oct 2011 15:37
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:19

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