APA Addresses Error in DSM-5 Text on Pedophilic Disorder
APA has issued a statement acknowledging an error in the text of DSM-5 that involves the definition and diagnosis of pedophilic disorder. In a discussion, the text uses the term „pedophilic sexual orientation,“ but does not use the word „orientation“ in the criteria for pedophilic disorder. APA emphasizes that language in the discussion should have referred to pedophilia as a sexual „interest“ rather than an „orientation,“ an error that was simply overlooked by editors. 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, the press release points out.