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Title: The DSM diagnostic criteria for female sexual arousal disorder
Authors: Graham, CA
Keywords: Sexual arousal disorder;DSM-V;Sexual problems;Women
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Citation: Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39(2): 240-255, Apr 2010
Abstract: 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.
Description: This is the post-print version of the article. The official published version can be found at the link below
ISSN: 0004-0002
Appears in Collections:Psychology
Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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