The American Psychiatric Association issued a press release yesterday to correct a DSM-5 text error relating to “pedophilic disorder”:
In the case of pedophilic disorder, the diagnostic criteria essentially remained the same as in DSM-IV-TR. Only the disorder name was changed from “pedophilia” to “pedophilic disorder” to maintain consistency with the chapter’s other disorder listings.
“Sexual orientation” is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read “sexual interest.” In fact, APA considers pedophilic disorder a “paraphilia,” not a “sexual orientation.” This error will be corrected in the electronic version of DSM-5 and the next printing of the manual.
I wrote about the issues with describing pedophilia as a “sexual orientation” on Tuesday. I’m glad to see the APA clarifying the disorder as a “paraphilia,” or a condition characterized by abnormal sexual desires.
The APA also announced its firm support for efforts “to criminally prosecute those who sexually abuse and exploit children and adolescents” and to “develop treatments for those with pedophilic disorder.”