In order to be diagnosed with voyeuristic disorder the symptoms must persist for over six months and the person in question must be over the age of 18.
This behavior is not considered voyeurism by today's diagnostic standards, but there was little differentiation between normal and pathological behavior at the time.Subsequent research showed that 65% of men had engaged in peeping, which suggests that this behavior is widely spread throughout the population.In the same study it was found that 42% of college males who had never been convicted of a crime had watched others in sexual situations.An earlier study indicates that 54% of men have voyeuristic fantasies, and that 42% have tried voyeurism.Meet and interact LIVE with thousands of free cam girls from around the world.
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The American Psychiatric Association has classified certain voyeuristic fantasies, urges and behavior patterns as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) if the person has acted on these urges, or the sexual urges or fantasies cause marked distress or interpersonal difficulty.
The diagnosis would not be given to people who experience typical sexual arousal simply by seeing nudity or sexual activity.
Voyeurism was initially believed to only be present in a small portion of the population.
This perception changed when Alfred Kinsey discovered that 30% of men prefer coitus with the lights on.
The voyeur does not normally interact directly with the subject of his/her interest, who is often unaware of being observed.