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Issues in the diagnosis of sexual sadism

Author(s): William L. Marshall | Steven .J. Hucker

Journal: Sexual Offender Treatment
ISSN 1862-2941

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 3;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Sexual sadism | diagnosis | reliability

This paper summarizes our research to date on sexual sadism. Our initial review of the literature revealed confusion over diagnostic criteria. Our first empirical study showed that experienced forensic psychiatrists did not accurately employ many of the important diagnostic criteria while our second study demonstrated that internationally-renowned forensic psychiatrists could not reliably apply the diagnosis. On the basis of these observations we developed a Sexual Sadism Scale that we are now in the process of evaluating.
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