n African Journal of Psychiatry - Zoophilic recidivism in schizophrenia : a case report : scientific letter

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Zoophilia is a disorder of sexual preference characterized by recurrent, intense, sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviours involving animals. Sexual contact with animals often occurs as a substitute for heterosexual relations when the animal is more readily accessible than a human partner. It may also be the result of curiosity or desire for novelty. In rare cases, however, Zoophilia becomes the principal form of sexual arousal and precludes the formation of normal sexual relationships. Although patients with schizophrenia make up a relatively small proportion of sex offenders, this small group may present significant clinical and legal challenges.

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