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Paraphilic Disorders: Epidemiology

Incidence and prevalence are common terms used in epidemiology to specify the frequency of disease in some population. However, they have different meanings. On the one hand, incidence refers to the number of individuals who develop a disorder in a set time period. In relation to this entry, incidence refers to the number of people diagnosed with a paraphilic disorder in some set time period. For example, how many people were diagnosed with pedophilia in the past year? Prevalence, on the other hand, refers to the number of people who have an illness at the time the data are collected. Again, in relationship to concepts for this entry, it is the number of individuals who at the time data were collected had a diagnosis of ...

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