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Asian J Psychiatr. 2014 Feb;7(1):80-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2013.11.010. Epub 2013 Dec 1.

Sexual disorders in Asians: a review.

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  • 1Northern CCU, North-Western Mental Health, Preston, Melbourne, Victoria 3072, Australia.
  • 2Dr AK Tandon Neuropsychiatric Centre, Lowther Road, Allahabad 211 001, India.
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College, Mysore 570 004, India. Electronic address:


Sex is an integral part of the basic needs of an individual. However, Asian populations have had a conservative attitude towards discussing and expressing their sexual concerns to the clinician. Consequently, very limited research on sexuality-related issues has been done on these populations. Many of the biological and socio-cultural factors are different for Asians and Asian migrants to the West, when compared to the native Western population, and this requires dedicated research. The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition) has made the classification of sexual dysfunctions gender-specific and has introduced the concepts of 'gender dysphoria' and 'paraphilic disorders' (distinct from paraphilias); it has removed subtypes based on sexual orientation. These changes will have a definite impact on our understanding of sexual dysfunctions and related disorders in the Asian populations.

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Asian Americans gender dysphoria; Asians; DSM-5; Paraphilic disorders; Sexual dysfunctions

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