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Sexual Deviations

  1. M. Michele Burnette

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0855

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Burnette, M. M. 2010. Sexual Deviations. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Columbia, South Carolina

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Few people would question whether sexual activities that involve force or coercion of an adult or any sexual activity with a child are deviant. These behaviors are not only maladaptive—they are criminal. But what about other atypical or unusual sexual behaviors that are noncoercive or do not involve children? Certainly, unusual sexual practices find their way into the sex lives of so-called normal people. For example, normal sexual interactions between consenting adults may include tying one another to the bedpost while making love. Or a man may enjoy sex more when his partner wears lacy panties because he finds it particularly titillating. Are these normal or deviant practices?


  • paraphilia;
  • fetish;
  • pedophilia;
  • exhibitionism