The effectiveness of an internet-based psychological treatment program for female sexual dysfunction

Jones, Lisa M. and McCabe, Marita P. 2011, The effectiveness of an internet-based psychological treatment program for female sexual dysfunction, Journal of sexual medicine, vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 2781-2792, doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02381.x.

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Title The effectiveness of an internet-based psychological treatment program for female sexual dysfunction
Author(s) Jones, Lisa M.
McCabe, Marita P.
Journal name Journal of sexual medicine
Volume number 8
Issue number 10
Start page 2781
End page 2792
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, U. K.
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 1743-6095
Keyword(s) sexual dysfunction
sexual functioning
relationship functioning
internet treatment
psychologic interventions for female sexual dysfunction
Summary Introduction.  There has been limited evaluation of the effectiveness of psychological interventions for female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Furthermore, none of these studies have evaluated the effectiveness of these programs delivered over the Internet.

Aim.  The current study evaluated an Internet-based psychological treatment program for FSD. Revive consisted of three well-established and validated treatment components: communication skills training, sensate focus exercises, and regular contact with a therapist.

Main Outcome Measures.  Outcome measures included: the Female Sexual Function Index; the Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scale; the Sexual Function Scale; and the Personal Assessment of Intimacy in Relationships.

Methods.  In total, 39 women (17 in treatment group and 22 in control group) completed the program. The mean age for the treatment group was 34.91 (standard deviation [SD] = 10.27) and 33.30 years (SD = 9.34) for the control group.

Results.  The results demonstrated that women who completed treatment reported improved sexual and relationship functioning in comparison with those who received no treatment.

Conclusions.  These findings highlight the suitability of the Internet for providing psychological treatment for FSD and for targeting the individual and relationship factors often associated with these disorders.
Notes Article first published online 19th July 2011
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02381.x
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
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