Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

International Journal of Advanced Studies in Sexology
Volume 1, 2019 | Issue 2, Pages 41-44 | Published online: 2019

Citation: Chirilă I. V. (2019). Frotteurism. Int J Advanced Studies in Sexology. Vol. 1, Issue 2, pp. 41-44. Sexology Institute of Romania.

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Frotteurism / frotteuristic disorder seems to be a quite rare paraphylic disorder. This comes from a relatively low prevalence (variation in the literature on this matter) and especially by the lack of data on it in the literature. Interestingly, DSM-III did not include Frotteurism in the 8 paraphiles listed with criteria for a diagnostis. Frotteurism first appeared in DSM-III-R. The frotteuristic disorder is included in DSM-5. The use and meaning of the word frotteurism in sexual terms comes from a French psychiatrist Valentin Magnan in 1890. He described men doing something that he called rubbing – rubbing their penis by women’s back without them noticing. The word comes from „frotter” a french word, that  means rubbing or putting pressure on someone, and has no sexual connotation. Lussier P., et al. (2008).

Keywordsfrotteurism, paraphilia, sexology.

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