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The impact of erectile dysfunction on female partners : a qualitative investigation

Conaglen, Helen M. and Conaglen, John V. 2008, The impact of erectile dysfunction on female partners : a qualitative investigation, Sexual and relationship therapy, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 147-156, doi: 10.1080/14681990801918680.

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Title The impact of erectile dysfunction on female partners : a qualitative investigation
Author(s) Conaglen, Helen M.
Conaglen, John V.
Journal name Sexual and relationship therapy
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 147
End page 156
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1468-1994
1468-1749
Keyword(s) couples
erectile dysfunction
female partners
Summary Sexual dysfunction research has primarily focused on understanding and treating problems of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men. Research has paid little attention to the impact of ED on women. The current study reports on an investigation of women's perception of their partners' ED, what they had tried to do about the problem and the impact of ED on them and their relationship. In-depth interviews were conducted with 51 women who were currently in a heterosexual relationship with a man with ED. The findings provide detailed information on women's experience of their partners' ED. They also demonstrate the need for educational resources on sexual difficulties for both the lay public and their medical practitioners. In the clinical situation, the study demonstrated the value of involving the female partner in the treatment process in improving a couple's sexual satisfaction.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14681990801918680
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021911

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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