Psychological and interpersonal dimensions of sexual function and dysfunction

McCabe, Marita, Althof, Stanley E., Assalian, Pierre, Chevret-Measson, Marie, Leiblum, Sandra R., Simonelli, Chiara and Wylie, Kevan 2010, Psychological and interpersonal dimensions of sexual function and dysfunction, Journal of sexual medicine, vol. 7, no. 1-Part 2, pp. 327-336, doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01618.x.

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Title Psychological and interpersonal dimensions of sexual function and dysfunction
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Althof, Stanley E.
Assalian, Pierre
Chevret-Measson, Marie
Leiblum, Sandra R.
Simonelli, Chiara
Wylie, Kevan
Journal name Journal of sexual medicine
Volume number 7
Issue number 1-Part 2
Start page 327
End page 336
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2010-01
ISSN 1743-6095
Keyword(s) Etiology of Sexual Dysfunction
Relationships and Sexual Dysfunction
Sex Therapy
Treatment, Male Sexual Dysfunction
Treatment, Female Sexual Dysfunction
Summary Introduction. There are limited outcome data on the etiology and efficacy of psychological interventions for male and female sexual dysfunction as well as the role of innovative combined treatment paradigms.
Aim. This study aimed to highlight the salient psychological and interpersonal issues contributing to sexual health and dysfunction, to offer an etiological model for understanding the evolution and maintenance of sexual symptoms, and to offer recommendations for clinical management and research.
Methods. This study reviewed the current literature on the psychological and interpersonal issues contributing to male and female sexual dysfunction.
Main Outcome Measure. This study provides expert opinion based on a comprehensive review of the medical and psychological literature, widespread internal committee discussion, public presentation, and debate.
Results. Medical and psychological therapies for sexual dysfunctions should address the intricate biopsychosocial influences of the patient, the partner, and the couple. The biopsychosocial model provides an integrated paradigm for understanding and treating sexual dysfunction.
Conclusions. There is need for collaboration between healthcare practitioners from different disciplines in the evaluation, treatment, and education issues surrounding sexual dysfunction. In many cases, neither psychotherapy alone nor medical intervention alone is sufficient for the lasting resolution of sexual problems. The assessment of male, female, and couples’ sexual dysfunction should ideally include inquiry about predisposing, precipitating, maintaining, and contextual factors. Research is needed to identify efficacious combined and/or integrated treatments for sexual dysfunction.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01618.x
Field of Research 170105 Gender Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, International Society for Sexual Medicine
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Collection: School of Psychology
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