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ISRN Psychiatry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 692813, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/692813
Research Article

Familial Paraphilia: A Pilot Study with the Construction of Genograms

1Schizophrenia Program, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1Z 7K4
2Integrated Forensic Program, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1Z 7K4
3Division of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1Z 7K4
4Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 3J5
5Mood Disorders Program, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, University of Ottawa, Canada K1Z 7K4

Received 3 October 2011; Accepted 13 November 2011

Academic Editors: D. De Berardis, A. Mihaljevic-Peles, and A. Suwalska

Copyright © 2012 Alain Labelle et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Biological factors are likely predisposing and modulating elements in sexually deviant behavior. The observation that paraphilic behavior tends to cluster in some families is intriguing and potentially raises questions as to whether shared genetic factors may play a role in the transmission of paraphilia. This pilot study introduces five families in which we found presence of paraphilia over generations. We constructed genograms on the basis of a standardized family history. Results document the aggregation of sexual deviations within the sample of families and support a clinical/phenomenological heterogeneity of sexual deviation. The concept of paraphilia in relation to phenotypic expressions and the likelihood of a spectrum of related disorders must be clarified before conclusions can be reached as to family aggregation of paraphilia based on biological factors.