Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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2019 Vol 12 Issue 64

Demidova L.Yu. Gender self-awareness in disorders of sexual preference

Full text in Russian: Демидова Л.Ю. Половое самосознание при расстройствах сексуального предпочтения

V. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology, Moscow, Russia

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The article presents the results of an empirical study of gender self-awareness in disorders of sexual preferences like pedophilia and sadism. A brief review of the studies of gender self-awareness in paraphilias conducted by the present day is reported. It is emphasized that the psychological signs are marked as characteristics of sexual preference disorders aren't systematized and apart can meet in norm. The aim of this study is to increase the scientific validity of the clinical and psychological examination of the psychosexual sphere in differential diagnosis of disorders of sexual preference. The results of comparison of 78 persons are examined with the techniques “Masculinity and Femininity”, “Colour test of affective tones”, “Coding” are described in detail. Quantitative, as well as qualitative signs of techniques were taken into account in the analysis. Several groups were compared in the investigation: individuals with disorders of sexual preference in the form of pedophilia (N = 34) and sadism (N = 15), as well as subjects who have not been diagnosed with sexual pathology in the result of sexological investigation (N = 29). As a result of the research, the psychological characteristics of persons with paraphilias, which were previously noted by investigators, are confirmed and statistically supported; several new phenomena are found. Data supported the identical phenomena are presented consistently. Complexes of psychological signs of pedophilia and sadism are pointed out, and the conclusion on the results of psychosexual sphere assessment can be formed up based on these. The obtained results can be used to improve the psychological evaluation of gender self-awareness, including the normative population, and for the timely resolution of problems of psychosexual adaptation.

Keywords: pedophilia, sadism, paraphilia, paraphilic disorder, gender self-awareness, psychosexual sphere, masculinity, femininity


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Received 21 January 2019. Date of publication: 14 April 2019.

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Demidova Lyubov Yu. PhD, Senior Research Associate, V.Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology, Kropotkinskii pereulok, d. 23, 119034, Moscow, Russia
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Demidova L.Yu. Gender self-awareness in disorders of sexual preference. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2019, Vol. 12, No. 64, p. 2. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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