A female sex offender with multiple paraphilias: a psychologic, physiologic (laboratory sexual arousal) and endocrine case study

Can J Psychiatry. 1990 May;35(4):334-7. doi: 10.1177/070674379003500411.


A 20 year old female pedophile exhibiting multiple paraphilias and who had been both a victim of incest and an active participant, undertook extensive clinical, psychometric, endocrine and laboratory sexual arousal studies. Her psychiatric, psychometric and physiologic arousal profiles showed similarities to those of a sizable proportion of male child molesters, especially incestors. It is suggested that laboratory arousal tests (using the vaginal photoplethysmograph) may have a role in the assessment of some female sex offenders.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arousal / physiology*
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Fantasy
  • Female
  • Gonadal Steroid Hormones / blood*
  • Humans
  • Orgasm / physiology
  • Paraphilic Disorders / psychology*
  • Plethysmography
  • Referral and Consultation / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Sex Offenses / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Sex Offenses / psychology*
  • Sexual Behavior / physiology*
  • Vagina / physiopathology
  • Violence


  • Gonadal Steroid Hormones