Paraphilias and the press: do not always believe what you read!

Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2019. Paraphilias and the press: do not always believe what you read! Medical Journal Armed Forces India, 75 (2), pp. 232-233. ISSN 0377-1237

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The recent review on fetishism by Ventriglio, Bhat, Torales and Bhugra contained material based on a hoax in its opening paragraph (i.e., that a British man had been caught having sex with a tractor and had been placed on the country’s Sex Offender Register). If the authors wanted to highlight cases of individuals having sexual (paraphilic) relationships with inanimate objects there are a number in the scientific literature that could have been used rather than unsubstantiated stories in the print media. Scholars and researchers should (i) not believe everything they read in newspapers as facts, (ii) try to verify the source of information from non-peer-reviewed sources, and (iii) should try to use examples from the peer-reviewed scientific literature to highlight relevant case studies rather than resort to the print media.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Paraphilias and the press - don't always believe what you read: a comment on Ventriglio et al. (2019)
Publication Title: Medical Journal Armed Forces India
Creators: Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Date: 5 April 2019
Volume: 75
Number: 2
ISSN: 0377-1237
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 02 Apr 2019 10:16
Last Modified: 07 May 2019 13:14

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