Personality and sexual functioning of transvestitic fetishists and other paraphilics

Thomas N. Wise, Peter J. Fagan, Chester W. Schmidt, Yula Ponticas, Paul T. Costa

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Utilizing the NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI) and the Derogatis Sexual Functioning Inventory (DSFI), 24 transvestitic fetishists (TVs) were compared with a similar clinic-evaluated group of 26 other paraphilics (OPs). The data replicated previous results and extended them by showing that TVs did not differ from OPs on most dimensions of the NEO-PI and the DSFI. Both groups were significantly higher on neuroticism and significantly lower on agreeableness than the NEO-PI male normative population. The other paraphilic group tended to score lower on conscientiousness than the TVs and the normative comparison group. For nine of the 10 DSFI variables, there were no significant differences between the TVs and the OPs. The TVs were significantly higher than the OPs on role identity, indicating a more feminine identification. Both the TVs and OPs reported elevated levels of fantasy. The implications of these findings suggest that, in general, TVs and OPs are more similar than they are different, with a common personality profile and a similar pattern of sexual functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)694-698
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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