Adolescent Psychiatry

Lois T. Flaherty
Harvard University Medical School
Cambridge, MA


Etiology of Exhibitionism in Adolescence: A Case Example of Countershame Theory

Author(s): Jesse A. Raley

Affiliation: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, 15 Medical Park, Columbia, SC 29203, USA.


Exhibitionism has been diagnosed in patients during adolescence into late adulthood. Although there are multiple etiologic theories for exhibitionism, there is very little consistent empirical evidence for these theories. Multiple theories are discussed with a focus on a pattern of humiliation supporting the theory of exhibitionism as countershame, as well as components of courtship theory. This case example provides a concise report of one patients childhood relating to exhibitionism. This example was based on an outpatient clinic chart review, an interview with the patient, and phone interviews with the patients parents and siblings.

Keywords: Exhibitionism, paraphilia, etiology, childhood, case report, late adulthood, humiliation, courtship theory, outpatient clinic chart, Countershame Theory

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Article Details

Page: [179 - 183]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/2210676611101020179